The ‘estate’ Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder) from Kloster Eberbach, this is sourced from various sites in the 230 hectares under vine around and adjacent to the abbey. Grapes are picked at full ripeness, gently pressed and fermented with natural yeasts in stainless steel, resting for a few months with a portion in large oak barrels prior to bottling.
Pale garnet in colour, this has a lovely mix of red berry fruits and herbal aromas on the nose, with hints of smoke, leather and spice. The palate is dry and ultimately quite savoury, some fresh red fruits to the fore balanced by fine drying tannins and a crunchy acidity, a smooth and lengthy finish revealing earth, spice and floral elements.
Red wine making at Kloster Eberbach goes back to the founding years of the former Cistercian abbey in the 12th century. It’s believed the monks from Burgundy probably brought the demanding Pinot Noir vine with them and cultivated it in the Rheingau.
Bright cherry and redcurrant nose with barely a hint of oak, but so much freshness. Elegant and mid-weight, this has crunchy tannins on the palate that gel with the lively acidity and mineral freshness at the vivid finish. 90 points.
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