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Grapes from variety Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder)

Grape variety Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder)

The grape variety Pinot Noir is a very old red grape, which most-likely was already grown by the Romans in French Burgundy. In the German name Spätburgunder, the original cultivation location is documented. In France and in most other countries, the grape variety is simply known as Pinot Noir. At the wine-growing area along the Mosel, the red grape variety Pinot Noir represents a high-quality counterpart to the high-quality white grape variety Riesling.

Until the end of the 1980s, red wine cultivation at the Mosel was forbidden by wine law originated from 1933. After change of law first vineyards were planted with grape varieties Pinot Noir and Dornfelder at the beginning of the 1990s. With the rising demand for red wine in Germany the Pinot Noir has become an integral part of viticulture at the Mosel. Today 4% of acreage is planted with Pinot Noir.

After the harvest, the Pinot Noir grapes are handled for traditional red wine preparation: First the berries are mechanically separated from the so-called Rappen, the stem framework of the grape, and in second step berries are partly squeezed. The resulting mass of must (fruit juice), grape skins and grape seeds is called mash. At this time, the must is mainly white due to the white pulp and not colored red as possibly expected. Only during the following fermentation, which lasts several days, flavoring substances (tannin) and coloring agents are dissolved from the dark berry peel and color the must red. By stirring, continuous squeezing or heat, the process called extraction can be assisted. Subsequently, the mash is finally squeezed and must is separated from the grape skins and grape seeds.

Fluctuating process parameters of the extraction sometimes lead to the fact that no deep red color intensity of the red wine is achieved. The color is then rather light red and the red wine is then a Rosé. In order to set a darker color, the Pinot Noir red wine can be blended with small amounts of red wine from grape variety Dornfelder which is a less taste-intensive type of wine. The grape variety Dornfelder is a high-yielding red grape variety and it is characterized by its color intensity. This predestines the Dornfelder as a cover wine to set a darker color in Pinot Noir red wine.

Blanc de Noirs - A white wine from red grapes with slight Rosé or salmon color of the wine

Rotling - A wine from white and red grapes with red color of the wine because of the color intensity of the Dornfelder

Rosé - A wine from red grapes of the varieties Dornfelder and Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder)

If the red Pinot Noir grapes are squeezed out immediately after the harvest and separated from the grape skins at same time, a white wine made from red grapes is produced due to the white pulp. In terms of color, only a slight Rosé or salmon color of the wine indicates the origin as red grape variety. This wine is called French Blanc de Noirs (White from black). The synonymously used German name is Weissherbst.

Further information about the grape variety Pinot Noir and its distribution area can be found at the following external link:

Our offer of wines provides an overview which wines are made from grapes of the variety Pinot Noir. The pdf-Logo wine list includes the following wines of the grape variety Pinot Noir:
No. H2:
2022 Ellenzer Kurfürst Spätburgunder Blanc de Noirs Qualitätswein, feinherb and
No. R1:
2022 Ellenzer Goldbäumchen Rotling Qualitätswein, feinherb

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