Weingut Brand

Pfalz, Germany

Pfalz, Germany

Exceptional natural wines from Germany!  The brothers Brand, Daniel, and Jonas have quickly brought attention to the far northern Pfalz, a cool-climate, limestone-rich, yet otherwise overlooked region. These fifth-generation winemakers took over the family winery from their father Jürgen in 2014 – with his support, they expanded from 12 to 18ha and transitioned production to fully certified organic growing and making 100% natural. The Pur has no sulfites added and is the transparent expression of the grape and terroir.

Bockenheim has a cooler climate than most of the Pfalz (therefore the grapes ripen slower). The weather in their area is influenced by the Donnersberg mountain (around 650m high) which shields them from incoming weather systems, the wind is then funneled down two valleys which means it is fairly breezy and this helps keep the vineyards free from mildew.

The Pur Range are all unfined, unfiltered and with no additions, including sulphur and as such under German law the wines are unable to be labeled as Pfalz.

~2018 MÜLLER THURGAU~

Minerality, crispness and fresh vibes shining through brilliantly with a touch of slin-contact.

Müller Thurgau |  12 x 750ml | SKU #464189 | $26.52

 

 

~2020 MYTHOS PUR~

100% Cabernet Mitos. (cross of Blaufränkisch and Teinturier du Cher)

Suspended whole bunches in tank filled with the freshly-pressed juice of the Brand’s ‘mysterious varietal X’, for a wild, rhubarb yoghurt red that crushes all day and then all night long. Earthy, mineral with dark fruits and firestone notes. Dry, salty and mineral.  Super good.

A light natural wine with dark inky colour. 

MYTHOS 12 x 750ml | SKU #464192 | $26.52

~CUVEÉ FLORA RED NV~

60-year-old vines in solid limestone, the best Dornfelder in the Pfalz.  From a small 1.5 acre parcel.  60% of the fruit went through an extended fermentation & maceration in open top wooden vats, while 30% of the fruit went through carbonic maceration, and 10% was added in from the 2017 vintage.  This wine is always crafted as an NV.

Cuveé Flora 12 x 750ml | SKU #68216 | $24.30

~2019 RIESLING HILL OF FLAGS~

From a single plot named Fahnnberg,  located on the steepest part of the hill.  Top Riesling from the Brands, they only make this wine during exceptional years.  Cold soaked for 7 days, then fermented and aged for 12 months in neutral barrels.  Citrus, yellow plums, slight salinity, minerality, plenty of tension and fullness.  This will be interesting to see develop in a couple of years.

RIESLING HILL OF FLAGS | 6 x 750ml | SKU #11665 | $39.22

 

 

~2018 ‘MONASTERY’ RIESLING~

50+ year old Riesling vines, from a prized plot in Bockenheim called Klosterschaffnerei, with a tithe barn used by the town’s Middle Age monastery to collect taxes and store supplies.  This was a very hot and dry vintage.  The grapes saw 12 hours of cold soaking before fermenting & ageing in neutral barrels, with 8 months of elevage on full lees.  

Beautiful floral and yellow fruit nuances, fatness and vivacity at the same time, in the natural and “pure” style characteristic of the estate.

‘Monastery’ Riesling | 6 x 750ml | SKU #11679 | $34.80

 

 

~2020 PET NAT ROSÉ~

90% Pinot Noir, 10% Blauer Portugeiser, méthode ancestrale.  A riveting, ultra-light testament to what the region is capable of.  Packed with notes of sour cherries, plum and tart raspberry.  Dry and fresh. Repeat dry and fresh. Citrus, strawberries, preserved lemons and lime cordial. Saline edge.  Direct-pressed to a combination of old oak barrels and a ceramic egg.

Pet Nat Rosé  6 x 750ml | SKU #11382o | $27.08

~ 2020 PET NAT WHITE ~

60% Pinot Blanc & 40% Sylvaner, méthode ancestrale, finely textured bubbles.  Green apple, leesy mid notes of brioche, plenty of tree fruits and minerality.  Grown on limestone soils.

Pet Nat White | 6 x7 50ml | SKU #113814 | $27.08

~2019 WILDROSÉ PUR~

Old vine Blauer Portugeiser.  Wildly low yields give this wine an uncommon density and extraction.  This is a rosé that flirts with being a meaty, brighter red wine – the sorta wine you chill. A good amount of zip with all those dark aromatics and red fruit.

Wildrosé 12 x 750ml | SKU #68398 | $24.29
Wildrosé Magnums 6 x 1.5l | SKU #70213 | $50.01

~2019 PINOT BLANC PUR~

Whole cluster, short maceration, 1000L used foeder on full lees. Clean, round, creamy, and fresh. Zero-Zero. 

Pinot Blanc 12 x 750ml | SKU #68211 | $26.51

~2020 WILDER SATZ~

Big tropical vibes! Zippy acidity with passion fruit, lychee, lime, green apple, sherbet and salt. It’s a blend of Muller Thurgau, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Kerner from Germany. Each varietal is fermented separately with a small amount of skin maceration, and then the blend is done prior to bottling.
 

2020 Wilder Satz 12 x 750ml | SKU #11770 | $24.30

~2018 HOLY CHAPEL PINOT BLANC~

100% Pinot Blanc. Fermentation with indigenous yeasts and maceration for 12 hours, aged in used oak barrels for 12 months. No added sulphur. Unfiltered.

Holy Chapel Pinot Blanc 6 x 750ml | SKU #11690 | $35.06