The Kirchholz site borders directly on the Hochäcker site. Only a field path separates them, and yet on this side, the upper soil layer consisting of loam and sandy gravel can be as thick as half a meter, which enhances drainage. In its composition of clay and loam the subsoil is similar to that of the Hochäcker site. Here Blaufränkisch grapes grow on vines which can be up to eighty years old.
To bring out the traits of this rocky soil we have vinifyied the grapes from these sites separately since 2003. The wine is fruitier, bold, lively, and due to the age of the vines it has more character and vibrant tannins.
“From a vineyard next to the Hochäcker, the 2013 Blaufränkisch Alte Reben Kirchholz roots on clay soils with sandy slate and gravel on the top soil. The cherry-colored wine opens with meaty and toasty dark fruit, graphite and leather aromas on the nose. Intense and dense on the elegant palate this silky textured wine reveals a fleshy concentration and fine but firm and grippy tannins as well as a good freshness with cherry flavors in the aromatic aftertaste. Still too young and a bit astringent in the finish, this wine should be kept rather robust than refined and shall show its talents at the age of five or six years.” Stephan Reinhardt