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Messmer, Muschelkalk Grauburgunder 2018
Pinot Grigio/Gris 100%
Floral and exotic aromas lead onto a palate with ripe stone fruit, minerality - lightly herbal with a touch of white spice.
The grapes are sourced from Grauburgunder vines planted in the limestone and shell-bearing limestone (Muschelkalk) of the Burweiler Castle Garden vineyard (Schlossgarten). Here the grapes ripen thoroughly, and the vines form deep, strong roots. The limestone provides good drainage and can impart lightly exotic notes to the wines.
Weingut Messmer, in the Pfalz region, was founded by Herbert and Elizabeth Messmer in 1960. It is situated in Burrweiler, in the south-west of Germany, less than 50 miles from the border with France and to the north-west of Stuttgart. The yellow sandstone buildings had already been home to winemaking for around 250 years before they arrived. It's still in the family's hands today, with son Martin overseeing the estate alongside his brother Gregor, who supervises production in the vineyard and winery. Their vineyards cover 27 hectares, with around two-thirds of the area planted with white varieties (predominantly Riesling, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc) and the rest with red varieties (Pinot Noir in the main). The terroir is made up of seven different soil types: slate, red sandstone, granite, limestone, loam, sand and 'muschelkalk' - a calcareous soil with substantial deposits of fossilised mussel shells. Gregor works to preserve the health and mineral content of the soils - they use only organic fertilisers, and in 2011 they began the biodynamic cultivation of some sites. In the winery fermentations are cool, slow and small batch; grapes are only ever partially de-stemmed; and wines are bottled without fining and with only the gentlest filtration.