Bender Pinot Noir
Pfalz QBA, Pfalz QBA, Germany
Growing up in the Mosel, it is only natural that one of Andreas' loves is Pinot Noir (or Spätburgunder as the Germans call Pinot Noir). This wine is an excellent example of Spätburgunder with charming aromas of red fruits and blackberry, spice and cedarwood on the palate, ending in a spicy clove finish complemented by some rich vanilla and caramel from time on oak. It is elegant and softly tannic.
Grown organically in Pfalz, the fruit is transported to the winery in Bender's home village of Leiwen. It undergoes spontaneous fermentation and is aged in a mixture of stainless steel tanks and oak barrels.
- Pfalz QBA
- Pinot Noir
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A country that is well-known for industrial machinery,
reliable cars, and an innate love of systems and order does
not usually evoke thoughts of lifestyle and enjoyment. And
for many years, we looked for a German winemaker who fit
our ethos of independent and quality-focused artisan
winemaking. It was not until 2018, after long hours of
research and walking vineyards up and down the Mosel;
that we met Andreas Bender. Today his low intervention
wine is served at Angela Merkel's table when she wants to
show her international guests the outstanding quality of
Germany's artisan producers.
Andreas grew up roaming the vineyards of the Mosel where
his family were grafting vines. It is no surprise he began
making wine (unofficially) when he was 13 years of age.
A young winemaker (still in his 30s) with a reputation for
wisdom in his craft. Andreas has devoted himself to
winemaking. His wine experiences include the U.S., France,
Italy and time at Geisenheim University as a scholar in
oenology and viticulture. Today he manages 35 hectares of
his own vineyards. His grapes are laboriously picked and
hand-sorted, to ensure the highest quality of juice. The
unconventional use of retired oak barrels can be a bit hit or
miss, but for Andreas, it has been a hit. Andreas'
contemporary attitude comes through in the Bender label
design and accessible and fun wines. He takes Pfalz and
Mosel's traditional grapes, cool climate, and slate soils and
uses them to create impeccably balanced wines that stand
up to the strongest flavours in food.
"Germany produces some great Pinot, much of it light in style, delicious served a little chilled. This has fresh, juicy cranberry fruit, with ripe red cherry and a touch of spice. Would work well with venison, veal with mushrooms, or smoked duck."
"Even if we are indoors and seated, there is no need to sidestep the delights of summer wines in the fine wine category. The lighter food and warmer room temperature can be paired with another rising star wine, German Pinot Noir, also known as Spätburgunder. With each passing year of rising temperatures, German red wine is becoming riper and more complex. This wine is made in a lighter style than many Burgundy, or New World Pinot Noir, and benefits from chilling in the fridge door for a couple of hours prior to serving. Chilled, that is: not cold or iced. Delicious with game, duck and carpaccio."
"Pinot to die for…SERIOUS German Pinot from Pfalz – at an incredible price. The nose exudes soft red summer fruit aromas leading to a warming yet complex and well-structured palate of strawberries, raspberries and notes of sour cherries and vanilla from the judicious use of oak. A great find. Enjoy with: Excellent with baked ham."
"The most important thing for me are first-class grapes from the best locations, traditional winemaking and uncompromising quality.” Andreas Bender