Introducing Württemberg Winemaker – Jürgen Ellwanger
BY IRIS ELLMANN
Jürgen Ellwanger is a winery based in the Württemberg wine-making region of Germany. Württemberg is renowned for its red wines – ranging from crisp, light Trollinger, to wine varieties with more colour, body and substance, such as Lemberger and Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir).
Viticulture has been practised in the Ellwanger family since 1514. In 1949, Gottlob Ellwanger founded today’s Ellwanger Winery. Under Jürgen Ellwanger (centre in the photo), the wine estate steadily grew to cover 26 hectares which are spread over five towns. The winery specialises in the finest Riesling, Lemberger and Trollinger wines.
Today, Jürgen’s sons Felix (left) and Joerg (right) run the multi-award-winning winery together. For Ellwanger, tradition is an obligation, and they still use traditional processes such as mash fermentation. However, the spirit of innovation and thinking outside the box are also part of their philosophy.
Each vineyard has a distinctive terroir, which differs in soil and micro climate, making every wine unique. The WineBarn, a specialist German wine merchant, are the exclusive importer of Jürgen Ellwanger wines into the UK, and highly recommend these three of their red wines.
2022 Schondorfer Trollinger dry
£14.99 per bottle
The Schondorfer Trollinger originates from a high-quality vineyard with VDP.ORTSWEINE classification. The terroir there gives this dry red wine its unique and characterful sense of expression.
Raspberries, red currants and a hint of rhubarb on the nose, accompanied by fine herbal notes. This Trollinger is juicy on the palate with fruity notes of rose hip and a moderate tannin content in the finish.
2020 Hebsacker Berg Lemberger Grand Cru dry
£42.30 per bottle
The Hebsacker Berg Lemberger originates from a vineyard with VDP.GROSSE LAGE classification – where Germany’s finest wines grow.
A dense dark red Lemberger Grand Cru, it has the opulent aroma of forest fruits, plums, cherries and subtle herbal notes. A very powerful, yet cool and balanced dry red wine, it is notable for its ability to express the essence of its origin
2020 Hebsacker Lichtenberg Spätburgunder Premier Cru dry
£24.90 per bottle
The Hebsacker Lichtenberg Spätburgunder originates from a first-class vineyard with VDP.ERSTE LAGE classification. The vineyard provides optimal growing conditions and produces a wine with its own unique character.
Dark fruits on the nose, the Spätburgunder (Pinot opir) Premier Cru has aromas of cassis, ripe sweet cherries, blackberries and tobacco. On the palate, this dry red wine has delicate woody notes, as well as bourbon vanilla and bitter chocolate flavours.
The WineBarn is a a multi-award-winning wine merchant that specialises in exclusively German wine and have been bringing pure drinking pleasure to the UK for over 24 years. Their elegant wines have been selected to cover a range of styles - from the affordable to the luxury, from dry to sweet and from fresh to full-bodied, ensuring there’s something to suit all tastes and pair with any cuisine. To find your new favourite German wine, you can contact the award-winning merchant The WineBarn now. Visit: www.thewinebarn.co.uk Call: 0044 (0)1962 761 215 Email: email@example.com
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