This is a delicious aromatic Pinot Noir hailing from a single vineyard in the Pfalz, with tons of sweet red-cherry fruit a touch of spice. The Pfalz lies between the Haardt Mountains and the River Rhine in southwest Germany, just north of the Alsace. Like Alsace, the mountains protect the area from cold and wet Atlantic weather, making it one of the warmer and drier areas of Germany. This allows for wonderful ripening and lends itself well to incredibly elegant wines.
Young winemaker Andreas Bender has sites across the heart of the Mosel Valley. Having lived and worked in the region all his life he knows each area well, and which sites are likely to thrive each vintage. His method is distinctive in the world of German wine: instead of following the familiar model whereby top single vineyards are vinified and bottled separately, he blends his vineyards to achieve three different styles - similar to how Champagne houses blend across villages to achieve a consistent house style.
While on the one hand, his ideas are modern, when it comes to winemaking itself, Andreas is committed to tradition: he believes in careful cellar work, traditional winemaking methods and natural fermentation. On good years the best cuvées, from single vineyard sites with the most concentrated fruit are bottled as his black label ‘Zenit’.