Andreas Bender Pinot Noir 2019 is quite an elegant Pinot but I have classified it as a light, fruity red wine as it is fruity – and very drinkable. Fruits including ripe redcurrants and raspberries with a hint of vanilla and spices from the very light touch of oak ageing. The sweet, ripe, red fruits mix well with the acidity which makes this a very mouth-watering Pinot Noir. The texture of Andreas Bender Pinot Noir 2019 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.
Andreas Bender describes his ethos as follows: “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.”