Raumland Chardonnay Grande Reserve Brut Nature 2010

Type: Sparkling
Country: Germany
Region: Rheinhessen
Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay
Viticulture: Certified Organic

Climate: Mild temperatures, surrounded by protective hills and forests, long sun hours and little rainfall
Terroir: Vines grow a soilbed of limestone and marl
Winemaking: Hand-harvested and pressed as a whole bunch. Aged for 85 months in stainless steel tanks followed by 35 months in wooden barrel

Color: Brilliant gold
Nose: Aromas of light stone fruit and a hint of white flowers. The long ageing on the lees is expressed through fine notes of vanilla, caramel and freshly baked brioche
Palate: Notes of citrus combine with yellow apple over hints of buttered yeast plaits, roasted almonds and hazelnuts

About the Winery:
In 1990, Sekthaus Raumland was founded by Volker Raumland, often described as the pioneer / the grand seigneur / the Sektpapst in Germany. Volker Raumland is the one who dared to start a new “quality revolution” in German Sparkling Wine. The two daughters Marie-Luise and Katharina are joining the family estate in 2020, continuing with the same passion and love for high-quality German sparkling wine that their parents had and still have.

Sekthaus Raumland is purely focused on the production of Sekt and thus the whole work is organized around and adjusted for the elaboration of the most delicate and finest sparkling wines.

The process is very carefully hand-selected and harvested manually. The grapes are placed in small 15 kg boxes to ensure that none of the fruit is damaged. Grapes are picked at 75 to 80 Oechlse, the optimum must-weight for sparkling wine. Whole cluster pressing is used to preserve fruit aromas with no maceration, no mashing and no pumping of the juice. Only the best part of the grape – the “Cuvée” – is used. It takes up to 4 hours to run the whole cluster press program which involves the careful segmentation of the juice into “Cuvée” (roughly 50% of the most) and “Taille” (roughly 10-20%). To control phenolics the press is stopped after the last “Taille” run. After primary fermentation, blending (assemblage) and bottling, the second alcoholic fermentation occurs in the bottle (traditional bottle fermentation). The sparkling wines are stored in a four-story-deep cellar to achieve optimum ripeness and “pinpoint” mousse. The sparkling wines are continuously monitored and tasted to ensure optimum quality. The factor “time” plays a role of paramount importance for Raumland’s sparkling wines. The “youngest” Sekt lies on lees for a minimum of 4 years, the most prestigious Sekt even up to 15 years (without losing its freshness and crisp character). All the Sekt receive a low level of dosage (all < 6g) to not hide their natural taste.