Jan Matthias Klein Little Red Riding Wolf

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Vintage: 2019

Varietals: 100% Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir)

Farming: Organic, Unfined/Unfiltered, No added SO2.

Categorically chillable, varietally true, charming, exuberant Pinot with terrific freshness and the special light touch that Jan consistently achieves in his wines. A jumble of red berry fruits - raspberries, cherries, and blackberries - with the dirt still clinging to them. The Pinot-on-slate component adds a minerally note up front and a salty tang. This would be a very cool pairing with soy sauce or fish sauce cuisines (Thai, Vietnamese, some Japanese dishes). Half the grapes come from the Krov Paradies behind the winery, a limestone and clay site. The other half comes from the Krov Letterlay, a steep site of grey slate, contributing Pinot of more tension and less overt ripeness.

Grapes are destemmed and fermented in open steel vats. Fermentation lasts 18 days followed by 4 weeks on the skins. After pressing, the wine is transferred to a 1000L fuder and aged for 18 months.