Wir lieben Spätburgunder!
What comes to your mind when you think about Germany? Most of the people would say Bratwurst, Sauerkraut and Beer. However, for wine lovers and connoisseurs, Germany is a notable wine-producing country with various wine districts and rich resources.
When it comes to the German Pinot Noir, the planting dates back to 884 A.D. Germany holds the third place in its production (13.6% of the total production) after France and USA. Being a versatile wine, Pinot Noir is loved as well as consumed vastly in Germany and is called Spätburgunder (translated as late burgundian) in German.
Spätburgunder is a fruity and aromatic wine. It typically exudes strong flavors of berry (cherry, strawberry, cranberry, boysenberry and raspberry), herbs (thyme and bay leaf) and spices (cinnamon and cloves) with little tobacco and aromas of almonds and oak. These wines are full-bodied and little leathery; with no harsh tannins and a firm, silky texture. The grape (Vitis Vinifera) is black whereas the wine color varies from light to medium red.
Frühburgunder (translated as early burgundian) is a mutant of Spätburgunder. It is produced through the early ripening process. As compared to Spätburgunder, the grapes are bluish black, smaller and more berry-like.
Since Spätburgunder has a good acidity, it is a perfect companion to rich, robust and hearty dishes like duck, pork, salmon, lamb, beef and cheese.
German Pinot Noir Recommendations:
- 2007 Siegrist Pinot Noir: This wine costs approximately $80. It is dry and earthy with a strong berry flavor.
- 2009 Hinkel Pinot Noir: It is a semi-dry wine with berry flavors and soft tannins. It costs about $23 per bottle.
- 2006 Hans Lang Pinot Noir: This fruity wine has a very balanced acidity. It is dry and has a smoky hint to it. It cost about $35 per bottle.
- 2011 Wasem & Sohne Pinot Noir: A dry red with no harsh tannins and has a velvety feel to it. It costs $30 per bottle.
- 2008 Gutzler Pinot Noir Grosses Gewachs (1st Growth) Westhofener Morstein: This is a dry wine and costs $90 per bottle. It is primarily fruity with hints of cinnamon.