Hanspeter Ziereisen is quick-thinking and full of energy. Based close to the Swiss and French borders just north of Basel, he makes a selection of Pinot Noirs (and a host of other varietals) from vineyards on a south-facing slope overlooking Basel.The vines grow at an altitude between 250 and 400 metres, and there is a constant breeze, allowing slower ripening. He does not chaptalise, and uses 10% – 20% new wood across the range. The musts are handled very gently, with no punching down and little extraction. The wines are breathtakingly pure and long-lived.
The Tschuppen Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) is grown on young vines high on the Tschuppen hill, on clay and loam soils. The altitude lends freshness to the wine, and silky tannins, while the fruit is allowed to ripen fully for rich red berry and blueberry aromatics. The fruit is 70% de-stemmed, and the wines are aged for two years in the traditional large ‘fudre’ oak barrels.