Spatburgunder, Weingut Dautel
- Pinot Noir
- A Spatburgunder that really gives red Burgundy a run for it's money!
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- Though Württemberg is not yet well known in the states, the Dautel family is a leading producer with grape growing history going back 500 years. The region itself is marked by ancient, very steep terraced vineyards, among the most challenging in Germany. Ernst Dautel became well known, in part for challenging the status quo in the region but also for making excellent wines and the estate remains one of the very best in Württemberg, now under the guidance of Christian Dautel, who returned home in 2010.
Christian is a thoughtful winemaker repeating the refrain we always hear from quality minded growers - "the wines are made in the vineyards". Like other top winemakers from his generationm taking over successful wineries from their parents, he has a huge amount of respect for what his father accomplished and sees no need to tear down the work that has been done by making abrupt changes.
The fruit for this Spatburgunder (or Pinot Noir) is picked in the early morning, quite cool and mostly destemmed. Christian wants only whole berries here (any crushed fruit is removed) and there is some carbonic fermentation in the open tank - a 3 week maceration and fermentation. The wine is pressed and racked into old 250 litre barriques and is kept on the lees without stirring for 11 months before racking and bottling.
This Pinot Noir shows classic black cherry flavours with a pleasing juicy sweetness to the fruit, soft tannins and a long, aromatic finish. A Spatburgunder that really gives red Burgundy a run for it's money!
- "Exquisitely fragrant, this comes with overtones of peony and an alluring streak of elderberry. This is an exciting example of just how good Spatburgunder can be - classic black cherry fruit followed by a streak of fine wet stone minerality and a long, aromatic finish. Top rate" Anne Krebiehl MW - DECANTER magazine.
- Silver Medal - Decanter Awards
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Light game, chicken and white meats in general pair well with this excellent German Spatburgunder (or Pinot Noir).
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