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MOP1219RW
Sonnenbach Pinot Noir
2019
Alsace
Organic Farming
Biodynamic Farming
Wild yeasts
Low Sulphur

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Alsace, France's most easterly and one of it's most northernly wine regions, shares a rich history and lots in common with its German neighbours. Also known for their iconic fluted bottles and exceptional quality, bone dry, aromatic whites, the four Alsace noble varieties dominate; Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris (with Pinot Noir and Crémant on the up). The region is a concentrated 15,500ha narrow strip of vineyards at an altitude of 150–450 m and benefits from a semi-continental climate, being mostly sunny, hot and dry. With the Vosges mountains to the west and the Rhine river to the east the region gets all the sun and rain it needs for the slow ripening of its grapes.

Maison Moritz-Prado has to be one of the newest and most exciting Alsace wineries to launch in the recent years. Winemaker Ghislain Moritz studied and cut his teeth for five years in Mercurey before moving to Portugal and then the Carpathian mountains in Romania to work for the then relatively unknown Avincis winery. It was in 2009 that he met Angela, a Columbian studying in Paris, and together they returned to Romania to successfully grow the Avincis offering. With the knowledge and a passion to start their own project they bought 5 ha of vines in Albé (the only mountainous vineyards of Alsace) and in 2018 returned to France with a young family. They work the 450m high vineyards by hand, where they grows Sylvaner, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir organically. And only one vintage in, with the unique Schist soil, altitude and a creative use of skin contact, burgundy barrels and amphorae, they are already creating exceptionally fresh, powerful and elegant wines. Watch this space. Very closely.

Tasting note: Some warm strawberry notes, overripe cherry and a slight chocolate and coffee element. A red pepper spice though very balanced, leading to full bodied Pinot Noir
Winemaking Detail: Cold maceration for three weeks with 80% destemmed and 20% whole bunch grapes. 40% of the wine was aged in Burgundy oak barrels for 11 months; 10% was aged for 11 months in ceramic containers (amphorae) and the remaining 50% was aged in stainless steel tanks. 2 years of bottle aging.
Features Strawberry Cherry Red pepper Earthy Spice

Features Cherry, Concentrated, Earthy, Red pepper, Spice, Strawberry,
Tasting note Some warm strawberry notes, overripe cherry and a slight chocolate and coffee element. A red pepper spice though very balanced, leading to full bodied Pinot Noir
Drink with
Beef, Duck breast, Peppercorn Sauce,

Wine details

Country France
Region Alsace
Producer Moritz-Prado
Wine Name Sonnenbach Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Style Bright & Mineral
Vintage 2019
Main Grape Pinot Noir
Other Grapes
Size 6 x 75cl
Closure Cork
A.B.V. 0.135
Production 3600
Aging 1 year
Soil Slate - Schist
Time to drink Now - 2024
Winemaking Detail Cold maceration for three weeks with 80% destemmed and 20% whole bunch grapes. 40% of the wine was aged in Burgundy oak barrels for 11 months, 10% was aged for 11 months in ceramic containers (amphorae) and the remaining 50% was aged in stainless steel tanks. 2 years of bottle aging.

MOP1219RW
Moritz-Prado
Sonnenbach Pinot Noir
2019
Alsace
Organic Farming
Biodynamic Farming
Wild yeasts
Low Sulphur

Alsace, France's most easterly and one of it's most northernly wine regions, shares a rich history and lots in common with its German neighbours. Also known for their iconic fluted bottles and exceptional quality, bone dry, aromatic whites, the four Alsace noble varieties dominate; Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris (with Pinot Noir and Crémant on the up). The region is a concentrated 15,500ha narrow strip of vineyards at an altitude of 150–450 m and benefits from a semi-continental climate, being mostly sunny, hot and dry. With the Vosges mountains to the west and the Rhine river to the east the region gets all the sun and rain it needs for the slow ripening of its grapes.

Maison Moritz-Prado has to be one of the newest and most exciting Alsace wineries to launch in the recent years. Winemaker Ghislain Moritz studied and cut his teeth for five years in Mercurey before moving to Portugal and then the Carpathian mountains in Romania to work for the then relatively unknown Avincis winery. It was in 2009 that he met Angela, a Columbian studying in Paris, and together they returned to Romania to successfully grow the Avincis offering. With the knowledge and a passion to start their own project they bought 5 ha of vines in Albé (the only mountainous vineyards of Alsace) and in 2018 returned to France with a young family. They work the 450m high vineyards by hand, where they grows Sylvaner, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir organically. And only one vintage in, with the unique Schist soil, altitude and a creative use of skin contact, burgundy barrels and amphorae, they are already creating exceptionally fresh, powerful and elegant wines. Watch this space. Very closely.

Tasting note: Some warm strawberry notes, overripe cherry and a slight chocolate and coffee element. A red pepper spice though very balanced, leading to full bodied Pinot Noir
Winemaking Detail: Cold maceration for three weeks with 80% destemmed and 20% whole bunch grapes. 40% of the wine was aged in Burgundy oak barrels for 11 months; 10% was aged for 11 months in ceramic containers (amphorae) and the remaining 50% was aged in stainless steel tanks. 2 years of bottle aging.
Features Strawberry Cherry Red pepper Earthy Spice

Features Cherry, Concentrated, Earthy, Red pepper, Spice, Strawberry,
Tasting note Some warm strawberry notes, overripe cherry and a slight chocolate and coffee element. A red pepper spice though very balanced, leading to full bodied Pinot Noir
Drink with
Beef, Duck breast, Peppercorn Sauce,

Wine details

Country France
Region Alsace
Producer Moritz-Prado
Wine Name Sonnenbach Pinot Noir
Style Bright & Mineral
Vintage 2019
Main Grape Pinot Noir
Other Grapes
Size 6 x 75cl
Closure Cork
A.B.V. 0.135
Production 3600
Aging 1 year
Soil Slate - Schist
Time to drink Now - 2024
Winemaking Detail Cold maceration for three weeks with 80% destemmed and 20% whole bunch grapes. 40% of the wine was aged in Burgundy oak barrels for 11 months, 10% was aged for 11 months in ceramic containers (amphorae) and the remaining 50% was aged in stainless steel tanks. 2 years of bottle aging.