In our wine cellar many treasures are waiting for you, from which we would like to present you some very special ones here.
South Africa | Franschhoek | Môreson
In the Black Forest it is slowly but surely getting cold and wet. There already once wanderlust arises and one would like to have nevertheless most dear sun, sea, mountains around itself. We can't move mountains but we can offer a taste of the "French Corner" in South Africa.
When the Huguenots were driven out of France in the 17th century, they found a new home in South Africa. The name of the Franschhoek wine-growing region means something like "Frenchman's Corner". Most of the wineries there are run by descendants of the founding fathers.
In a rather cool and humid climate, but protected by the surrounding mountain ranges, white wines from Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon or Chardonnay thrive, red wines from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz or Pinotage.
The best sites in this small valley, surrounded on three sides by mountains, are on south-facing slopes where sun exposure and drainage are better than in flat sites. The soils in this growing area in South Africa are mainly sandstone, but there are also granite soils in places.
Under the direction of the Friedmann family, who founded the Môreson winery in 1986, and winemaker Clayton Reabow, the Môreson estate in Franschhoek produces wines of absolute world class. Incidentally, Môreson means "morning sun." Clayton Reabow gained experience in renowned wineries, including Grande Provence, Distell and L`Avenir Vineyards, as well as in France Château de Fleur du Bouard in Lalande Pomerol and in Germany on the Mosel. However, Franschhoek or Môreson is known not only for dry white wine and red wine, but also for its sparkling wines, which are marketed under the name "Cap Classique". As a rule, the two classic Champagne vines, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, are used for these sparkling wines.
We can warmly offer the following selection from Franschhoek, to match our Autumn menu:
- 2015 Meractor Chardonnay
- 2015 Cabernet Franc
- 2015 Pinotage
Three powerhouses that live up to their origins.
In the province of Styria in southern Austria, in addition to magnificent castles from the Baroque era and healing springs, it also has wines of excellent quality.
From the idyllic village of Leutschach in close proximity to the Slovenian border, the grapes of Signum Blanc grow and thrive in the best location and quality. The winery was created by four personalities whose paths crossed by chance.
The individual tasks are assigned to each in his area of competence accordingly.
Martin Oertel is the soil expert who discovered the peculiarity of the soil composition.
By drilling several holes for laboratory tests, it was determined that the soil was a rocky soil containing tourmaline.
Turmaline is a precious stone that is not only very beautiful to look at, but also gives the wines that certain something extra. In southern Styria, this soil deposit is unique!
"This gemstone, which rests in the soil of the Kreuzberg for millions of years under the vines, is a real treasure. As a gemstone, black tourmaline is mysterious and magically beautiful, but it is also one thing: energetically valuable. It is precisely this power, energy and minerality that passes through the roots into the hand-picked grapes and is later intensified by the long aging of the wine in the cellar. The aromas are more condensed, more concentrated, this results in a very characterful wine. - "Noble stone, noble wine!", according to Signum Blanc.
Toni and Thomas Rothschädl, fourth and fifth generation winemakers of the eponymous winery work gently and efficiently in harmony with nature. They do not use any chemicals and always work with the means that nature and the individual climate gives them. The transitional climate that prevails between the Mediterranean and the Alps, the careful work in the vineyard and the sensitivity in the cellar definitely pay off later.
Wine connoisseur and psychotherapist - Christine Büchl is responsible for the corporate image of Signum Blanc. She is the human link between customers and business partners. On the basis of her philosophy, one quickly recognizes the warmth that is radiated on the subject of wine. "Conviviality and good food in combination with excellent wines have always played a major role in my life. I plan entire vacations around discovering new restaurants and wineries. Wine is communication. Wine creates connection. That's why, like a guest, it's always with me at a nice dinner in nice company. My favorite? Sauvignon Blanc, " says Ms. Büchl.
Currently, the range includes five wines: Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Morillon (Chardonnay) and Sauvignon Blanc.
We have tasted together as a Rindenmühlen team and are convinced that these wines have their justification on the wine market. A wine with high storage potential - we are talking 15 years plus, according to Signum Blanc. What excited us was the longevity of the wine when opened. Day after day, the wine continued to evolve and the aromatic spectrum was a delight to the nose and palate. After weeks, a very clean, clear and fresh boquet still existed. The wines are still really fun to drink five weeks later after opening.
You can read detailed expertises of the individual wines by Maitre Sommelier Gerhard Retter on the Signum Blanc website.
The Signum Blanc wines are not listed in our wine list, but you are welcome to ask our service team about this insider tip.
Fundraising campaign #floodwine
The team has bought a total of 12 bottles of flood wine from the tip fund at the Nelles winery on the Ahr. Weingut Nelles has already supported the campaign "VDP - Der Adler hilft" with our purchase amount of 500,00 €. VDP - Der Adler hilft supports all winegrowers and wineries at the Ahr in the reconstruction of this important growing area. Many vines have been destroyed, entire cellars have been flooded and most estates still resemble a battlefield....
Support now with the purchase and enjoyment of a bottle of wine directly all the winegrowers of the Ahr. The management allows us as a team with support this action and waives any profit on the sale of these bottles.
"To do good, needs no consideration." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
|Secco Nello Perlwein 10% VOL
|Grauburgunder VDP.Gutswein | Trocken 13% VOL
|Spätburgunder Blanc de Noir VDP.Gutswein | Trocken 13% VOL
|Spätburgunder – Domina VDP.Gutswein | Trocken 12% VOL
|Heimersheimer Pinot Noir VDP.Ortswein | Trocken 13% VOL
|Heimersheimer Frühburgunder Madeleine VDP.Ortswein | Trocken 13% VOL
|Heimersheimer Landskrone Frühburgunder B VDP.Große Lage | Trocken 13% VOL
|Heimersheimer Landskrone Spätburgunder B48 VDP.Große Lage | Trocken 13,5% VOL
Winery Lòpez de Heredia Viña Tondonia
In Haro, the capital of the region of La Rioja Alta, is located the winery Bodegas Lopez de Heredia, which is one of the oldest and one of the three highest rated in the Spanish wine region of La Rioja.
On the right bank of the Ebro River is the vineyard Vinã Tondonia and there grow the most famous products of this bodega. In the midst of the mytic capital of Haro, the winery with 3433.41 m² of underground cellar stores its high quality products.
One of these cellars covers a length of 200 meters and 15 meters deep, which was cut into the rock and today houses 12900 barrique barrels.
At Lopez de Heredia, not a single grape from other wine regions or other producers enters its wine. This is guaranteed with a warranty certificate that adorns the back label of the bottles.
For four generations, the family business has turned down even the most lucrative offers from multinational companies.
The winery stands for flexibility, non-conformity, self-criticism and is open to change. The commitment can be expressed in two guiding principles:
- Ehticism as a corporate and personal rule of conduct, for the happiness of employees, friends and customers and as a contribution to society to provide the best of hopes and dreams.
Another distinctive feature of the bodega is its own cooperage, which makes it the only bodega in Spain that makes all the barrels for aging its wines by hand. The oak comes from Calabria, Bosnia, the Allier and North America and is produced in sizes of 60, 100, 200, 480 and 640 hl.
The basis and prerequisite of an excellent wine is the harvest by hand, panicle by panicle. The cutting is done with the curved "corquete", which prevents the berries from bursting.
The harvest time at Lopez de Heredia is hectic, as the grapes are processed immediately after the tractors arrive on the trailers. After production, the wines are aged in 225-liter barriques at an ideal temperature and absolute tranquility in the cellar. The preparation of the "Gran Reservas" lasts at least 7 years. Before finishing, they are clarified with fresh egg white, bottled directly from the barrel without filtering and closed with a long cork. These wines are sealed with wax so that they can be stored for several years.
These "great" wines deserve to be treated and presented with dignity.