Utterly delicious Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder) from Ahr, smooth and elegant
Meyer-Näkel is widely regarded as one of the best Pinot Noir producers in Germany. The Näkel family has been producing wine in the Ahr for five generations. Today the Meyer-Näkel estate covers 18 ha of vineyards in the Ahr, predominantly in Dernau, with 80% of production dedicated to Spätburgunder
The secret of the Ahr wines is based on a perfect microclimate created by geological conditions. The steep, south-facing vineyards provide optimal exposure to the sun. The predominant weathering soils of slate and greywacke are easily heatable and able to store this heat as well. This is how the narrow valley which is protected by the mountains of the Eifel quickly heats up and offers the vines an ideal habitat.
Open-top stainless-steel fermentation. Meike Näkel does a short maceration to keep the fruit in focus and the tannins low as they want a Pinot that will be ready to drink early. Aged in six- to eight-year-old barriques for 10 months.
Tasting Note: This wine is a typical traditional Ahr Pinot. In the nose you find a slightly earthy aroma of red berries like blackberry, blueberry and raspberry as well as ripe cherries, strawberries and blackberries with spicy traces of junipier and laurels. A smooth wine with elegant tannin structure and good substance.
Critics: 16.5/20 Jancis Robinson
Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder)