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Grape/Varietal : Weissburgunder Color : White
Origin : Germany Bottle Size : 75cl
Region : Pfalz ABV : 12%
Vintage : 2019 Natural Factor: Biodynamic, Skin Contact


Wine Insight

Weingut Odinstal is a Biodynamic winery in Wachenheim an der Weinstrasse, in the Pfalz region of Germany. It is located in Wachenheimer Odinstal which is the highest einzellage (named single vineyard site) in the Pfalz (350 metres). 

Odinstal covers a total area of 20 hectares (49 acres), of which 7 hectares (17.3 acres) roughly consists of a mixed forest, and a quarter each consists of orchards and vineyards. The vineyard area totals 5.5 hectares (13.5 acres), located in the Odinstal einzellage (hence the name of the estate). The area is planted with the following white varieties: Riesling, Silvaner, Pinot Blanc, Auxerrois and Gewürztraminer. Soils of basalt (Riesling), Buntsandstein (Riesling) and Muschelkalk (Silvaner).

1989 Went organic. 2006 First trials with Biodynamics. 2008 The Biodynamic work becomes more serious, with Biodynamic preparations being made on site. Teas are prepared and sprayed directly rather than being made first as concentrates later diluted with water. They are sprayed over the vines so “the whole field” gets the tea. All of the wild plants needed to make the plant-based Biodynamic Preparations (yarrow, chamomile, stinging nettle, oak bark, dandelion and valerian grow at Odinstal but valerian is the weakest, possibly because the “warmth forces” are already strongly present due to the nature of the underlying soil, which is basalt soil. Charollais cows graze the pasture.

The style results from the philosophy of bringing as little outside input into the system as possible. Accordingly, all wines ferment spontaneously without temperature control and also undergo spontaneous acid reduction. Tannin structure comes from co-fermented grapes and stems. The wines remain unsulphured on the full lees for a long time and are usually only minimally filtered before being bottled with very little sulphur. The resulting style is not loud, the fruit restrained. Instead, the wines are gripping and long.

The Pinot Blanc (Weissburgunder) stands on three different soil formations. A larger plot was planted in 1980 and stands on Keuper, which contributes intensity and minerality. In 2004, two younger plots were added on red sandstone and basalt, which are harvested earlier and add freshness to the wine. The nose inevitably leads one in the direction of mealy apples, dried stone fruit and chamomile. Especially dried fruits like apricots and peaches dominate the nose. Some pear and caramel also make their presence felt. On the palate, it then evokes associations of yellow fruits Juicy and gripping at the same time. The aromatic impressions of the nose repeat themselves for the most part. However, it almost shakes off the sweet components. A certain creaminess spreads, which suits this Pinot Blanc perfectly. 

Pairs Well With:
Oktoberfest Strudels

Sounds Like:
William Orbit - Kiss of the bee