'90 points. Supple, succulent, full-flavoured Pinot from Hartmut Heintz's biodynamic and organic operation in the Nahe, proving once again just how good the Germans have become at what they call Spätburgunder, and this time at a relatively modest price for a wine with a sophisticated silky polish to the tannins, a hint of forest-floor savouriness and an attractive wisp of smoky oak.' - The Wine Gang
In a clear attempt to put Anglophones (and Francophones, for that matter) off the track, Germans insist on referring to Pinot Noir as Spätburgunder. A brilliant strategy, which has meant that generations of German wine lovers have had a free run at their extraordinary stock of Pinot Noir. Meanwhile global warming seems to have had the effect of allowing the German variant of the Pinot Noir grapes to ripen as well in Germany as they have traditionally ripened in Burgundy. Selbstverständlich!
This late-harvested ('spätlese') Spätburgunder is carefully matured in light oak barrels that bring out soft and delicate, yet intriguingly smoky, fruit notes over this wine's fine and elegant structure.
A real demonstration of the range and depth of Hartmut Heintz's organic and biodynamic skills with the Pinot grape.