Spätburgunder, 2015

  Jean Stodden


Contains Sulphites.

Appellation: Ahr

Ahr is one of Germany’s least-known and northernmost wine regions. It lies immediately north of the Mosel, and follows the Ahr River in the final stages of its journey towards its confluence with the mighty Rhine. One might expect a wine region this far north (50°N) to specialize in white wines – like almost every other cool-climate wine region. After all, neighboring Mosel and Mittelrhein both clearly favor white wines (around 85%). But Ahr turns the tables completely, producing around 85% red wines, of which around three-quarters are made from Spätburgunder (a.k.a. Pinot Noir). The classic Ahr Spatburgunder is brick-red in color and smells of red cherries, sweet spices, forest floor, possibly with a hint of smoky bacon fat if barrel-aged.

Grape Type: Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is the classic grape of red burgundy, whose greatest wines are concentrated in the east and south-east-facing clay/limestone hills of Burgundy's Côte d'Or. A notoriously temperamental variety, Pinot Noir has proved difficult to grow in certain climates and soils and will not tolerate over-cropping. The best examples have wonderfully expressive aromas and thrillingly pure bitter sweet red forest fruit and cherry flavours, developing truffle and game overtones with age. At their greatest they offer a lightness with intensity and are transparent enough to magnify the characteristics of the terroir in which they are grown. Outside of Burgundy, Pinot Noir has had great success in New Zealand, coastal California, Oregon, Hemel en Aarde in South Africa and the more marginal, cooler districts in Australia. Along with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir is also one of the major components of Champagne.