Heitlinger

Under the same ownership as the historic Burg Ravensburg, but Heitlinger is a modern estate that also boasts a hotel, one of the top restaurants of the region and a first-class facility where the wines of both estates are made and aged.  The two estates form the summit of Baden wines, enjoying a degree of success in the press and at wine competitions without compare. They also own 80% of the vineyards entitled to Grosses Gewächs status in the Kraichgau.

 GHE-001 Heitlinger Riesling TR back

Available Wines

Heitlinger 2009 Blanc de Noir (Pinot Meunier Sekt) [6/750]

(Pinot Meunier) Welcome to the original world of Claus Burmeister. I guess he heard that this grape is grown in Champagne, so why not try his hand at it himself? He had a couple of ideas. One was to ferment 30% of the juice in oak. Another was to use the original grape juice for the secondary fermentation in bottle. A third was to add no dosage at the end. The result is a wine with a haunting scent of wild strawberries that evokes champagne without in any way imitating it. We are gratified by the market’s enthusiastic embrace of this beautiful sparkling Schwarzriesling (as the Germans call this grape).

Heitlinger 2010 Blanc de Noir (Pinot Meunier Sekt) [6/750]

Welcome to the original world of Claus Burmeister. I guess he heard that this grape is grown in Champagne, so why not try his hand at it himself? He had a couple of ideas. One was to ferment 30% of the juice in oak. Another was to use the original grape juice for the secondary fermentation in bottle. A third was to add no dosage at the end. The result is a wine with a haunting scent of wild strawberries that  evokes champagne without in any way imitating it. We are gratified by the market’s enthusiastic embrace of this beautiful sparkling Schwarzriesling (as the Germans call this grape).

Heitlinger 2011 Blanc de Noir (Pinot Meunier Sekt) [6/750]

Welcome to the original world of Claus Burmeister. I guess he heard that this grape is grown in Champagne, so why not try his hand at it himself? He had a couple of ideas. One was to ferment 30% of the juice in oak. Another was to use the original grape juice for the secondary fermentation in bottle.  A third was to add no dosage at the end. The result is a wine with a haunting scent of wild strawberries that evokes champagne without in any way imitating it. We are gratified by the market’s enthusiastic embrace of this beautiful sparkling Schwarzriesling (as the Germans call this grape). The keen acidity of 2010 makes it an especially apt vintage for sparkling wine.

Heitlinger 2011 Riesling Schellenbrunner [6/750]

Starting with the 2012 vintage, Schellenbrunnen, a steep 8 hectare monopole, with 40 year-old vines planted in iron-rich “Keuper” (marl) soil over coloured limestone, is officially classified as a Grosses Gewächs. The resulting wine is a poem of beauty, seethingly spicy, lavish and grand. The price is a pittance for wine of this quality.

Heitlinger 2013 Riesling Trocken ‘Shiny River’

Knowing that the established Burg Ravensburg Riesling would sell out before the new vintage arrived, we did not hesitate to offer Heitlinger’s equally compelling rendition as an alternative. Similarly styled but differentiated by a more succulent and exotic fruit tone. These two make a remarkable one-two punch.

Heitlinger 2014 Auxerrois Gentle Hills (Baden)

Hiding under the fanciful Marketing Department name and the striking, geometrical label lurks a lyrically beautiful wine, with a ravishing orange blossom nose and a tender, dry and long palate. Auxerrois, when well done, seems more relaxed and searching than its cousin Pinot Blanc. Claus calls this his best vintage yet.

Heitlinger 2014 Riesling trocken ‘Shiny River’

Knowing the established Burg Ravensburg Riesling would sell out before the new vintage arrived, we did not hesitate to offer Heitlinger’s equally compelling rendition as an alternative. Similarly styled but differentiated by a more succulent and exotic fruit tone. The Rieslings from these two estates make a remarkable one-two punch.

Heitlinger 2015 Auxerrois Gentle Hills (Baden)

Hiding under the fanciful Marketing Department name and the striking, geometrical label lurks a lyrically beautiful wine, with a ravishing orange blossom nose and a tender, dry and long palate.  Auxerrois, when well done, seems more relaxed and searching than its cousin Pinot Blanc.

Heitlinger 2015 Pinot Meunier (Baden)

Claus can, of course, also make a “normal” red wine from this local speciality, and what a juicy and barrier-free example this. Looser-knit than the Pinots Noirs but hitting the same sensual and flavour buttons, this is a synch for an offbeat but uncomplicated glass-pour choice.