Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder)
(10% of total cultivation area)
The Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder) belongs to the oldest of vine cultures known. This variety can as does the white variety Riesling, reach an absolute peak quality.
The Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder) can be found all over the globe. In Germany it is particularly present in Baden, Württemberg and the Ahr regions.
Characteristics and requirements:
The Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder) will ripen any time between the middle and the end of the harvesting season. Relying on it` s heady alcohol content it is important for the site to be well chosen in order to not only retain a healthy crop, but to also reach the necessary must weights of 80° degrees Oechsle and more. Airy planting and good canopy management encourage desired results, reducing danger of disease. Decaying berries reduce quality and pigmentation causing the wines to be lighter in colour with shades of brown.
The wine itself:
A good Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder) is aromatic, enhanced with a fine fragrance of bitter almond and in comparison to other reds, high in natural acidity levels. Together with the intense fruity nose of ripe red berries, the Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder) produces some of the best red wines in the world.