Benedikt Baltes ‘Grossheubach’ Alte Reben Spätburgunder Franken Germany 2015

Updated: Nov 18, 2019

German Pinot Noir is here...

Benedikt has quickly become a rising star in the German red wine revolution. He bought this abandoned winery dating back to 1602 in 2010 & farms it organically with 12 sheep helping to control the weeds. Made from old vines (alte reben) in the ‘Grossheubach’ vineyard, it was fermented with native yeasts & aged for 18 months in neutral 300-500L German oak barrels, sourced from forests only 50 kms. from the winery.

Shows lovely savory, earthy, mineral aromas, dark pinot noir fruit of wild raspberry & a touch of black pepper. Lovely concentration, there’s firm tannic structure, a spicy, green leaf note, pleasant floral accents, sour black cherry & refreshing acidity. PAIR WITH: Smoked pork chops on a bed of Puy Lentils. FUN FACT: Germany is the 3rd. largest producer of Pinot Noir in the world, behind France & the U.S. respectively.