Corvers-Kauter Assmanhausen 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 Assmanhausen Pinot Noir comes from an exceptional single vineyard and is proof of why fans of the variety are singing Germany's praises so much of late. 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). They make some very, very fine examples too... like this.
It's a wine that rewards decanting and time to breathe to unlock its full potential, revealing gorgeous red-berry fruit and fine mineral notes. Texturally it comes across quite creamy at first then those fine-grained tannins let rip, the fresh acidity kicks in and the fruit-forward palate takes over. Incredible wine!