Corvers-Kauter Rheingau Pinot Noir 2018
The Corvers and Kauter families have between them five hundred years of history in the Rheingau vineyards. Now led by winemaker Dr Matthias and Brigitte Corvers, their 12 hectares of gravity-defying organic vineyards are planted around the villages of Oestrich and Winkel in the traditional manner on steep banks falling down to the Rhine river.
Their Rheingau Pinot Noir has something distinctly Burgundian about it, but then the very best German Pinot Noirs (or as they're sometimes called, Spätburgunder) typically do. The climate is not dissimilar from Burgundy and believe it or not but Germany is the third biggest producer of Pinot Noir in the world (after France and the United States).
The wine's characteristics are razor sharpness of flavour, juicy and sinewy to the finish with the full force of the variety. A modern Pinot from the Rheingau, full-frontal with its fruit profile, finishing earthy and long.