German Pinot Noir has been gaining a cult following in the UK and in particular the wines from Baden are punching above their weight on the world’s wine stage. Although Baden is Germany’s third largest wine producing region for many years it has remained relatively unknown for its wines outside of Germany in comparison to some of its smaller neighbouring regions.
However, all that is changing with critically acclaimed Baden wine producer Martin Wassmer having received constant recognition for his Pinot Noir – a constant presence in the Top 50 Wines of Germany and recently voted Number 1 in a blind tasting of Pinot Noirs for the Wine Society Wine Champions 2016. The latest confirmation of Wassmer’s exceptional wines is an impressive six medal win at this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards.
The impressive haul includes a GOLD for his Castellberg Weissburgunder Spätlese (2014), two SILVER medals for his Castellberg Pinot Noir (2013) and Schlatter Spätburgunder (2013) and three BRONZE medals for the Maltersergarten Weissburgunder Spätlese (2014), Markgräflerland Spätburgunder (2013) and Schlatter Maltesergarten Spätburgunder (2011).
The 16ha of Wassmer vineyards are located in the tradition-rich idyllic wine towns of Dottingen, Laufen, Auggen and Schlatt. Thanks to the unique climate of the region, also known as the ‘Tuscany of Germany’, the terroir lends itself to exception production of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris as well as the more unusual Gutedel (also known as Chasselas), Gewurztraminer and Muscatel. All of his wines use wild yeast and are fermented to dryness before ageing in barriques.