A stunning example of oak-influenced Sauvignon Blanc, in the style of white Bordeaux. A smoky intensity with subtle citrus and gooseberry, but the drive, tension and clean finish take this to another level.
Oliver Zeter: These grapes, hand-selected from my finest vineyards, exclusively undergo wild yeast fermentation and maturation in 300 or 500 liter barrels. Following an extended stay on the lees well into the summer, the wines are bottled with neither filtration nor fining. There‘s an undeniable focus on the complexity inherent to my favorite variety, accentuated with the gentle nuance of barrel aging.
Brothers Christian and Oliver Zeter bottled their first vintage in 2007 and have already earned themselves a place in the wine world, with this Blanc Fumé in particular garnering critical praise. Today they cultivate six hectares of the best sites in the Palatinate area of the Pfalz.
The drinking bear that adorns the label comes from the quill of a well known Pfalz artist named Otto Dill, a friend of Oliver’s great grandfather Walter Baer (German for bear). On one occasion in 1933 Walter was unable to meet his friends for a regular ‘glass of wine or two’ and the artist sent the sketch on a postcard to his friend Walter the ‘bear’. Oliver has the postcard in his kitchen, and was determined that when he one day made his own wine, the bear would go on the label.