The classic. Riesling in an easy to drink, easy to enjoy, off-dry style is sweeping the world, and our little Bird has been at the forefront of this movement. All of this new found celebrity has not gone to his head however, and he still enjoys a good game of Keep-the-grape-away-from-the-worm when he is back home at the vineyard. With this wine we have attempted to capture the essence of the vineyard through clear, distinct varietal character.
Located in the small community of Grosskarlbach, Pfalz, Germany the Lingenfelder family has been producing wine for 13 generations. Owner and winemaker Rainer-Karl Lingenfelder takes a minimalist approach to winemaking – indigenous yeasts are used, malolactic fermentation is blocked and he doesn't fine nor stabilize his wines. Rainer uses a few large 100-year-old barrels to age some of his wines. These neutral barrels no longer impart any oak flavor but lend texture and a slight creaminess. He also uses some small barriques for the Spatburgunder. Most of the oak barrels are made with German oak. The 30 acre estate is planted with Riesling (40%), Spatburgunder (20%), Scheurebe (10%) with additional parcels of Muller Thurgau, Dornfelder, Silvaner, Kerner and Portugieser.