A rather subtle nose reveals only some crisp, red cherry fruit. The palate has a similar but promising reluctance. Everything here is crisp, tart and reminiscent of red currant and cranberry. There is aromatic depth and a translucent purity. Only later does the smokiness of oak envelope that lovely fruit, while fine tannins effect a gentle grip. This needs bottle age but will blossom into an elegant, light-footed Pinot Noir. Drink 2022–2030.
Reviews wines from Austria, Alsace and England
German-born but London-based, Anne Krebiehl MW is a freelance wine writer contributing to international wine publications. She also lectures, consults and translates and has helped to make wine in New Zealand, Germany and Italy. She adores acidity in wine and is thus perfectly suited to her Austria/Alsace/England beat. Her particular weaknesses are Pinot Noir, Riesling and traditional-method sparkling wines.