Fellbacher Lämmler. 100 hm, Keuperböden.
A collection of small sites that together form one of Württemberg’s grand vineyards, as well as the crown jewel of our estate. Its soils date back to the Triassic period, approx. 250 to 200 million years ago when the supercontinent of Pangaea still existed. The lower zone contains gypsum keuper, which forms a heavy, chalky base for the hillside. Two of our mainstay sites, Wetzstein and Semerod, lie in this section. Further up comes a layer of ‘Schilfsandstein’, or reed sandstone — lighter, brighter, more easily warmed and perhaps most prevalent in the Hinterer Berg. Then comes the colored marl, which as its name suggests shimmers red, blue and green. It is leavened with a layer of gray pebbly sandstone, whose properties are similar to the reed sandstone. The top layer, up above 400 meters in elevation, is marked by the shining white of the ‘Stubensandstein,’ a special type of sandstone found only in a few select formations. This entire spectrum plays out within a mere 100 m of elevation. The hillsides are very steep, with inclines ranging up to 70%, although in the lower section some of the sites measure out below 30%. The hillside exposures range from south to west. This diversity of soils naturally also lends itself to different grape varieties and cultivation styles. The classics — Pinot family, Lemberger and Riesling — are all here, shunting Cabernet into a secondary role.
Our estate began with a stand of old Pinot Noir vines in the historical ‘Brenner’ block, whose steep, narrowly arranged rows require use of the rope tow. The grapes are now used for our Großes Gewächs wines. And with the vines roughly the same age as the boss, it is perpetually his favorite vineyard. The younger Pinot vines, whose fruit is used for the ‘Simonroth’ wines, are original Burgundy clones.
The charismatic Lemberger grows in red and green colored marl at the heart of the steep Lippenberg site and on the Hinterer Berg. This soil and elevation (up to 380 m) are the key to its fresh, Pinot-like character and peppery spice.
Riesling has long been the most commonly planted variety on the Lämmler. The Wetzstein, which came into the estate’s possession thirty years ago, enjoys an outstanding reputation. The Höld for its part features reed sandstone from the Hinterer Berg. It and the Semerod are home to long-lived, spicy Rieslings whose profile has grown sharper since the switchover to spontaneous fermentation. They benefit from extended lees contact and mature outstandingly in the bottle. When the vintage allows, we also produce beguiling Beerenauslesen and Trockenbeerenauslesen.