Moritz Haidle is the third generation of his family to run this winery in Württemberg, a region in the south of Germany; his estate is just 30 minutes outside of Stuttgart. Red wines rule here, with lemberger (blaufränkisch) being one of the region’s most important varieties. This bottling comes from an east-facing parcel of heavy marl soils, the vines farmed organically and the fruit macerated for three to four weeks before Haidle transfers it into neutral barrels with the lees. The wine feels cool and bright when first poured, with tart, peppery-strawberry flavors that beg for a chill and some charcuterie. If you give it more time in the glass, or another day in bottle, a deeper, darker sense of fruit emerges, elegant and savory. Buy a case so that you can drink some right away, and cellar a few bottles, too.
Schatzi Wines, NY
Karl Haidle 2017 Württemberg Stettener Häder Lemberger
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is W&S’s editor at large and covers the wines of the Mediterranean and Central and Eastern Europe for the magazine.
This story appears in the print issue of June 2020.
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