About The Wine
The vineyards for Bellen have the only grapes that are grown and managed by Christoph and Alex. This west-facing slope is composed of clay and limestone, similar to what is found in Burgundy. Not surprisingly, this wine is a dead ringer for Burgundy and it would be a challenge to guess that it comes from Germany. Interestingly, it’s the wine in the range with the highest degree of French clones at 50%, which are vinified with 100% whole clusters, while the remaining 50%, the German clones, are destemmed.
The spontaneous fermentation in a small wooden tank took nineteen days to complete. The gentle infusion-like extractions were more like days at a grape spa than a gym. After pressing, they were laid to rest for eighteen months in old oak barrels, but were racked once during this period.
This wine has a greater degree of extraction and tannins than the other two Pinot Noirs in the range. As suggested earlier, the fruit profile is more closely related to Burgundy and this is likely due to the influence of the French clonal material as well as the vineyard soil profile. Before being vinified, Alex and Christoph immediately recognized the balance of these grapes before they were transformed and suspected that they were going to create something unique and compelling. They were right.