Meyer-Näkel Vineyard Ahr
Arguably no producer in Germany has a higher reputation for red wine than Meyer-Näkel. With 15.2 ha, the wines include the very light, very cherryish QbA Trocken, the light, pure Blauschiefer (grown on blue slate) and classy, ‘S’ selection aged in used barriques. The top wines however are the single vineyard examples. Those tasted come from Dernauer Pfarrwingert (labelled Auslese Trocken) and Neuenahrer Sonnenberg (Erste Lage). Others come from Walporzheimer Kräuterberg. Top wines are aged in between 70% and 100% new oak. The more raspberryish and Volnay-like Pfarrwingert Frühburgunder ripens earlier and can show the better balance while the Pfarrwingert Spätburgunder has perhaps the greater potential complexity, but both are intense, deep and long.
Best of all is the Sonnenberg Erste Lage which is very classy, complex and complete if not with the same mineral nuances of the very best Burgundies. The standard here is very high indeed but the wines shouldn’t be rushed as there is greater fruit richness and better balance with oak and alcohol with increasing bottle age.
To find out more about Meyer-Näkel and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Regional Guide to Germany..
Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines. (DM)