The wine presents tart cherry and blackberry aromaswith notes of licorice and earth. Textured tannins and minerals merge on the spicy finish.
Schnaitmann is located in Fellbach, which is located in the Wurttemberg region of Germany. Rainer Schnaitmann follows a 500 year old family tradition of winemaking when in 1997, he launched his own label. Sixty one acres of estate vineyards are planted in the Lammler and Goldberg Vineyards in Fellbach and the Gotzenberg Vineyard in Uhlbach. The soil is comprised of red sandstone, limestone, keuper, marl, loess and clay. Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Lemberger are the main varietals, but Pinot Gris and Sauvignon are also grown. The white grapes are gently crushed, fermented in stainless steel – a small percentage is fermented in oak. The red grapes are cold soaked and the wine is vinified with pump overs. After an extended maceration of up to four weeks, the wines matures for 12-18 months in French oak and are bottled unfiltered.
|Rainer Schnaitmann was chosen newcomer of the year
in 2007 by Gault-Millau/German Wine Guide just 10
years after he founded the estate. W e discovered the
estate when it won the European Pinot Cup two years
running; no one since has duplicated this achievement.
Within this short time in the wine profession Rainer
has already had significant influence to bring focus
back to the long neglected Wurttemberg wine growing
region, especially with his attention to Pinot Noir and other more interesting varietals while moving away from Trollinger for which Wurttemberg was always known for. At a Pinot Noir tasting a few years back at the Adlon Hotel in Berlin wines from Burgundy, New Zealand and Oregon were tasted blind. Wine #19 impressed everyone on the
panel. When the covers come off it was a 2004 Simonroth “R” from Schnaitmann. His tasting room in Fellbach, according to Stuart Pigott, is the center of a cult where wine lovers surround Rainer like electrons surround the nucleus of the atom. What he has accomplished in barely 15 years, taking 2 ˝ hectares from the local Fellbach coop to the top of the Wurttemberg wine region with
now 25 ha, is an amazing accomplishment in German
Wine. His most important holding is the Grand Cru Fellbacher Lammler with gypsum keuper, colored marl and sedimented red sandstone depending on elevation in the vineyard; the other Grand Cru, the Uhlbacher Gotzenberg, Schnaitmann’s holdings are in the heart piece which is a reed sandstone quarry – easy to warm up, poor water maintenance – lighter soil produces looser knit but refined Rieslings. Schnaitmann produces 11,000 cases annually and is a member of the VDP.