Andreas Bender ~ Pinot Noir 2016

Andreas Bender ~ Pinot Noir 2016
£17.75 / bottle£202.35 / case (12 bottles)

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Grape variety: Pinot Noir
Wine Type: Red Wines
Country: Germany
Wine style: Soft Fruity Reds
Wine region: Pfalz
Wine Type: Vegan Wine
Drink: now to 2022
ABV: 13%

Tasting Notes

The story

Andreas Bender describes his ethos: "The most important thing for me are first-class grapes from the best locations, traditional winemaking and uncompromising quality.” So a perfect match for Wines With Attitude. He combines the old and the new - "he's a traditionalist when it comes to choosing prime soils, hand selecting grapes, careful cellar work, simple winemaking methods and natural fermentation. But his contemporary "wine-thinking" is clearly visible with his label design and his belief that wines need to be accessible and fun."

The wine

I first tasted the 2015 vintage of this wine towards the end of 2017 and loved it; the 2016 vintage impressed me all over again. It is quite an elegant Pinot but I have classified it as a light, fruity red as it is fruity - and very drinkable.

Fruits including ripe redcurrants and raspberries with a hint of vanilla and spices from the (light) oak ageing. The sweet, ripe, red fruits mix well with the acidity which makes this a very mouth-watering Pinot Noir. The texture is silky smooth, the wine medium-bodied and the finish long. I agree with Andreas that this is more robust than classical French Pinot Noir but don't think of it as a really intense wine; it is beautifully elegant. If you like a fuller-bodied, more intense Pinot Noir, you might like my Pinot Noir from Pegasus Bay in New Zealand and for a really classic, smooth Burgundian Pinot Noir, you will love Domaine Bachey-Legros Santenay Clos des Hâtes Vieilles Vignes.

Food Pairing

Perfect with duck, lamb and pork. The producer says "More robust than classical French pinot, this Pinot Noir is an ideal match with venison, smoked meats, duck, poultry and strong creamy red rind cheeses like Epoisses and Langres.

Producer's Notes

A handcrafted wine that showcases the varietal perfectly. Appearance: A brilliant ruby red.    Smell: Charming with vibrant aromas of red fruits and subtle spicy notes, complemented by vanilla bean and rich caramel from the oak barrique aging. Taste: Perfectly balanced. Fine and elegant with soft tannins and a long finish. This well structured Pinot has ample potential to mature.

I couldn't believe how beautifully aromatic this German Pinot Noir was when I first smelt it. Cool climate Pinot with fruit flavours, floral aromas and a silky smooth texture. Gorgeous - and good value.

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