Top 10 volcanic wines

2 – Weingut Karl H Johner 2012 Pinot Noir SJ, Baden

Johner Spatburgunder SJ 2011There is plenty of volcanic soil around the Kaiserstuhl – itself an ancient volcano – in Baden. Here it’s put to use to make some of Germany’s best spatburgunder/Pinot Noir.

Skin-contact fermentation takes place for four weeks and is followed by a maturation in new oak barrels for 18 months.

Lovely dark cherry fruit with an underlying toastiness from new oak barrels. Some delicate floral flavours. Full-bodied with dry tannins.

Definitely one to age but intensely enjoyable even now.

4 Responses to “Top 10 volcanic wines”

  1. Nick Oakley says:

    Etna, Santorini, Tenerife, Pantellaria. I get these. But Alsace? Volcanic?

    • Olivier Humbrecht says:

      There were two types of volcanic activity in the region: submarine in south Alsace, before the emergence of the VOsges mountains above sea level, and more recently in the Kaiserstuhl in Germany. The ashes and vocanic dusts sedimented in the sea and got compacted as the Vosges were pushed out of the sea in a rock called Grauwacke.

  2. Luigi says:

    I cannot believe that any wines from the Campania region was not featured! Greco Di Tufo, Lacryma Christi to name but 2.

  3. See the wonder book by John Szabo MW call Volcanic Wines, recently available online too. Beside the well known regions, some lovely pockets of volcanic terroir to discover.

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