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Martin Wassmer Spätburgunder 2014

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Much sought-after, and often accordingly pricey, Germany’s pinots have been a source of much excitement in recent years. This fragrant wine from southern Baden is stylish and full-flavoured, and good value for a barrel-aged wine from this area.
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Code: GE9221

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Medium-bodied
  • Pinot Noir
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Cork, natural

Weingut Martin Wassmer

Baden is earning itself some renown in the UK for its wines these days, particularly pinot noir. In the Markgraeferland, between the Black Forest and the Rhine, the undulating countryside and warm summer weather has led to the area becoming known as the German Tuscany and there is a history of winemaking that goes back almost as long as in the more famous Italian region.

Here you will find the vineyards and cellars of Martin Wassmer, whose family have lived in and around the Baden town of Schlatt for many generations, most of them involved in the making of wine. He specialises in the pinots – noir, blanc and gris (known here as spätburgunder, weissburgunder and grauburgunder), though he also grows and produces chardonnay, muscat, gewürztraminer and chasselas (aka gutedel). This part of Germany is, after all, a hop, skip and a jump away from the Alsace which shares all these varieties.

Winemaking is traditional, with only natural yeasts used for the slow, long fermentations, and the wines are all aged in barrel with the top cuvées in Burgundian barriques for up to 18 months, with a minimal filtration before bottling.

Germany Vintage 2014

2014 was challenging because of warm, damp weather, meaning that it was a very labour-intensive process to ensure the crop was healthy. By the end of September the crop was looking bigger than 2013 and 2012 (both short), but there was heavy rain in October to spoil the party.

For some, though, 2014 was more straightforward than 2013: in the Pfalz the harvest was dry and sunny and came early, and the wines we buy from the Ruppertsberg co-operative are looking excellent. There will surely be excellent wines produced elsewhere and we shall know more after tasting in situ.

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German pinot noir hasbeen gaining a cult following in the UK and it's easy to see why when it comesto this Spätburgunder from Baden wine producer Martin Wassmer. Up there withthe nest of...
German pinot noir hasbeen gaining a cult following in the UK and it's easy to see why when it comesto this Spätburgunder from Baden wine producer Martin Wassmer. Up there withthe nest of Burgundy, this will satisfy pinotphiles with both its quality andprice.
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The Scotsman

The lightest of ourpinots, but approachable. Silky soft palate with an earthy undertone from'Germany's Tuscany'.

- Rose Murray Brown

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