Barth

Barth

Pioneers of single-vineyard Riesling Sekt, Barth love all things sparkling. Following the traditional method, these Sekt masters have spent years honing their craft and are closely involved in the VDP Sekt Statute. The Barth vineyards are eco-certified. Owners Christine and Mark Barth see...

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2020 Riesling Fructus

The 2020 RIESLING FRUCTUS combines the intensity of its aromas, from ripe peach and peach peelings, seductive apricot, and juicy, refreshing lemon with a wonderful lightness. A touch of Italian herbs is also evident as well as a touch of dry stone minerality.

The typical Rheingau loess clay gives this 2019 RIESLING FRUCTUS its vibrant character: lively fruit in a light cloak. The Riesling grapes are carefully harvested in steel tanks. Instead of letting them ferment though, winemaker Mark Barth stops fermentation at around 25 grams of residual sugar/ L in order to maintain the fruity harmony that is typical of FRUCTUS. As a result, the alcohol content in the wine is also quite low at 10%.

With its animating interplay of sweetness and acidity, Fructus goes well with spicy Asian cuisine, such as Indian food and curries, but also with savory pies and pastries or foie gras.

Ratings

16 Jancis Robinson points

Wine Facts

  • Riesling
  • VDP.GUTSWEIN
  • Loess loam
  • 0.75Ltr
  • 7g/l
  • 26,60g/l
  • 10%
  • 10-12°C

2020 Pinot Noir ROSÉ trocken

Mineral-rich, firm, and slightly floral-raspberry, this wine tempts you to dream in the sun (if you’re not already there). Grapefruit freshness gives even more lightness. This is a serious rosé with a French soul.

It’s a good thing that sparkling wines and still wines need different winemaking processes! Since the pressing for the rosé sparkling wine also produces part of this wine, winemaker Mark Barth leaves the grapes in contact with the must for eight to twelve hours after crushing. This is how rich color and berry aromas get into the wine. The wine is completely dry (2 grams of residual sugar) and entirely matured in stainless steel to support its taut, fresh character.

With its freshness, tautness, and clear berry aromas, the 2020 Pinot Noir Rosé goes well with classic pasta dishes with light sauces like Aglio Olio or Carbonara, but also with pickled vegetables, salami, or ham.

Wine Facts

  • Pinot Noir
  • VDP.GUTSWEIN
  • Loess loam
  • 0.75Ltr
  • 5g/l
  • 2g/l
  • 12%
  • 8-10°C

2014 Sekt ULTRA PINOT brut nature

The ULTRA Brut Nature is the winery’s flagship sparkling wine. It’s balanced with tightly woven aromas from apple peel to gooseberries, plus red fruit and creamy notes. Lifted by the spiciness of the lees, where it’s allowed to rest longer than any other BARTH sparkling wine, it has a firm presence in the glass with a long, fine perlage.

The base wine, a Pinot Noir Blanc de Noir, comes from the 2014 vintage. Prepared with traditional bottle fermentation, this Brut Nature lies on lees for 72 months before it’s riddled by hand, disgorged, a process that it not followed with dosage. This long lees maturation gives it fullness, a fine yeasty flavor, and phenolic contours. It was matured in large oak barrels to give it additional richness and weight.

With its power and intensity, the ULTRA Brut Nature pairs well with tangy, flavorful dishes like Vitello Tonnato, for example, but also rich Saltimbocca or a Cordon Bleu recipes.

Ratings

17 Jancis Robinson points

Wine Facts

  • Pinot
  • VDP.Gutssekt
  • Loess loam
  • 0.75Ltr
  • 5g/l
  • 1.1g/l
  • 12%
  • 6-8°C

2014 Sekt HASSEL RIESLING brut nature VDP.GROSSE LAGE®

A stone fruit potpourri from ripe peaches to apricot jam vibrates between nose and palate. In addition, nutty notes, the fine strength of black tea, and some lees notes make this a very expressive bubbly.

The HASSEL RIESLING Brut Nature VDP.GROSSE LAGE® belongs in the top league of the already rare single-vineyard sparkling wines in Germany. Riesling vines grow in the Grand Cru location (also VDP.GROSSE LAGE®) HASSEL, one of the best vineyards in the Rheingau. Loess loam soil, a southern aspect, and moderate steepness enrich this sparkling wine with a unique character. The base wines are 100 percent matured in large wood barrels. The sparkling wine, prepared using traditional bottle fermentation, then lies on the lees for 60 months until it is hand-riddled and disgorged.

With its fruit, strength, and intensity, it pairs perfectly with grilled tuna or also slightly bitter flavors found in asparagus or artichokes. It also matches spicy Asian food.

Ratings

95 James Suckling points, TOP 100 WINES OF GERMANY 2021

Wine Facts

  • Riesling
  • VDP.GROSSE LAGE
  • Hattenheim Hassel
  • Loess loam
  • 0.75Ltr
  • 5g/l
  • 2.4g/l
  • 12.5%
  • 6-8°C