German Rieslings New Competition: German Pinot Noir
on 12/03/13 at 9:40 amWine
German Pinot Noir is rivaling Riesling as the country’s flagship fine wine grape according to the latest edition of the drinks business.
Writing in April’s magazine, Anne Krebiehl comments, “Riesling is now at the very top of its game and Spätburgunder [Pinot Noir] is rapidly catching up.”
Citing increasing vine age, viticultural progress, warmer vintages, reduced yields and the development of loose-clustered, small berried German clones released in 1999, Krebiehl notes that Germany is now producing concentrated Pinot Noir with a unique savouriness, “reminiscent of lovage and bay”.
Indeed, in late 2011, as previously reported by db, Germany scooped seven of the top 10 spots in an International Pinot Noir blind tasting held in London (although it was Oregon which took first place, and no Pinot Noirs from Burgundy featured).