Andreas Bender ~ Pinot Noir 2015

Andreas Bender ~ Pinot Noir 2015
£16.50 / bottle£188.10 / case (12 bottles)

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Grapes: Pinot Noir
Wine Types: Red Wines
Wine Types: New Wines
Style: Soft Fruity Reds
Region: Pfalz
Wine Types: Vegan Wine
Drink: now to 2021
Oaked
Screwcap
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 this wine towards the end of 2017 and loved it; for one reason and another I have had to wait a while to get hold of some. I had the opportunity to taste it again in February 2018 and was impressed 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. It is my first German wine, cool climate Pinot with fruit flavours, floral aromas and a silky smooth texture. Gorgeous - and good value.

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