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Pinot Noir from Fellbach

We celebrated the international Pinot Noir day with an elegant red from home: The Simonroth Spätburgunder 2015 by Rainer Schnaitmann from neighbouring Fellbach right here in Württemberg. Pinot Noir has been cultivated in Germany for more than 1,200 years. Today, around 11,800 hectares of vineyards are planted with this variety. This area corresponds to a share of about 11% of the total vineyard area. Around 1300 hectares are located in Württemberg.

The organically produced grapes for the Simonroth come from Erste (Premier Cru site) and Große Lage (Grand Cru sites) vineyards. Marl and sandstone dominate the soil. Rainer Schnaitmann matures the Simonroth in 300-litre oak barrels, 40% of which are new.

The wine is superb at this stage – silky with elegant fruit and a salty finish. Sour cherries, wild berries, juniper, autumn leaves, subtle smoked ham and excellently integrated oak notes. Fresh acidity, silky tannin, medium density and a mineral, medium-long finish. Happy Pinot Day!!!