2015 Spatburgunder, Schloss Westerhaus

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Schloss Westerhaus is an historic and highly respected wine producer in Germany's Rheinhessen region. In 1900, the Opel family acquired the estate, and today the traditional winery is run by the fourth generation Count and Countess of Schönburg-Glauchau.

Pinot Noir (known in Germany as Spatburgunder) and Riesling are their two signature grape varieties, and it was this Pinot Noir that really stood out in recent tastings. As you'd expect from a German Pinot Noir the wine is light in both colour and texture, and to us this is one of it's great selling points in an age of heavy, rich wines. It certainly isn't lacking in the taste department, however, as ithere is a great intensity of red summer fruits and distinctive smokey, oaky note that German reds are famed for. It has a vibrant acidity and great freshness to the finish, and at 4-5 years old is now hitting its peak.