Portugieser, Dornfelder. Organic/Natural/No added sulfites.
Certified Organic. A blend of 2016 and 2017: '16 fermented on the skins for three weeks, pressed, and then rested for roughly 14 months in used barriques. '17 was semi-carbonic maceration. Bottled with zero sulfur, the fruit comes from 50 year old vines in a .6ha plot on the top of Sonnenberg Mountain, difficult to work with limestone jutting out of the soil. (vineyard is worked by hand hence the horse, Flora). Older vines and higher altitude on the hill with strong winds= low yields/struggling for ripeness which means higher acidity, low PH and thus could be bottled safely with zero sulfur.
The family owned winery Brand in the Palatinate has been producing wines with an individual personality for five generations since 1891. In 2014 sons Daniel & Jonas took over the winery from their father J�rgen. They consistently focus on an ecological cultivation of the vineyards, "Working in nature and with nature" ? this is their conviction.
They entirely refuse to use mineral fertilizers or pesticides. Instead they use the power of nature: plant-based remedies such as herbal extracts or teas strengthen their vines. More biodiversity helps to keep the vineyards vital and the soils healthy. Therefore they plant clover and wild herbs on their cultivated areas to attract more bees and other beneficial insects.
Together with the ideal climatic conditions, healthy and juicy grapes can grow in a natural balance and good wine can be produced in truly organic quality.