Weingut Heinrich - Weisze Freyheit 2017
Producer: Weingut Heinrich
Wine name: Weisze Freyheit
ABV: 12.5

As with many of the Freyheit wines, this is actually a blend – although you might not realise. It’s 97% Weissburgunder, with a cheeky smidge of Muscat Ottonel for the final 3% No, I can’t detect it, but I’m sure there’s a reason.

As ever with these wines from Heinrich, this is quite wonderful. Here we have an attractively reductive nose (with that typical Burgundian matchstick thing), a bit of chamomile and then loads of ripe pear fruit, salt and lemon juice on the palate. The texture is the thing here – it’s so typically Weissburgunder: silken, airborne and incredibly elegant.

Only 25% of the bend was skin fermented (for 14 days), so this is a kind of hybrid. Neither orange nor white, but definitely showing the best of both worlds: textured, intriguing, thirst-quenching, varietally pure.

Outstanding! And all achieved with no added sulphites.