75cl * 13.5% ABV * Pfalz, Germany
Spätburgunder, so named as it ripens late (spät) and was brought to Germany from Burgundy (burgunder) in the 4th Century. This essentially makes it Germany's answer to Pinot Noir.
The family owned and operated estate Hanewald-Schwerdt was founded in 1955 in Leistadt. Today cousins Thomas Hanewald & Stephan Schwerdt took over the family business which was established by their grandfather, focussing on Riesling and Pinot Noir. The secret of their handcrafted wines is a unique limestone reef which dominates all the sites around Leistadt. The vines are old and surrounded by a protected natural resort in the shade of the Haardt mountains.
Bright strawberry and cherry notes lead the way with some delicious savoury character and good minerality. Intense and medium bodied, you'll find earthy flavours of wild herbs, juicy berry fruit, smoky oak, a lovely minerality and lively acidity.
Serve at 12°C and pair with braised veal cheeks with mashed potatoes.