This summer I have been drinking quite a bit of interesting refreshing white wines and the Gutzler Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir) Blanc de Noirs is one of the most interesting I’ve tasted yet!
Spatburgunder is the German word for Pinot Noir, literally translated it means “late Burgundy.” Late because it is a late ripening varietal and Burgunder for the fact that Pinot Noir was brought over to Germany from Burgundy, France. Blanc de Noir literally translates to a white wine made from black grapes. This grape is very finicky but when treated properly and in a good vintage these wines account for some of the finest wines in the world. Anybody ever heard of DRC, Comtes de Vogue, Domaine Dujac?
This wine from Gerhard Gutzler is from Rheinhessen region of Germany, known for it’s Burgundian like soil, clay, loes and limestone with gentle rolling hills and a touch warmer of a climate than the Mosel for example. The grapes are treated like white wines, they go through a process of being pressed off of the skins. Grape juice is almost always a clear like juice, and red wine gets all of it’s color from the maceration of the grapes and leaving them in contact with the skin. Grape skins are responsible for color and tannins in wine. That is why you won’t find much tannins in white wine. After pressing, the juice is fermented in stainless steel, the wine is too light and elegant too see oak.
The resultant wine is beautiful, with very subtle blood orange and almost strawberry notes on the nose, a clean minerality remiscent of fresh rain. On the palate, citrus, ripe apple and pear. With just a hint of that soft red fruits from the nose. This is a great wine for casual patio drinking, but really works well with food. I’ve paired it with crab, grapefruit and avocado and all I can say is “Delicious.”
This wine is a virtually steal under $20 and if you’re looking to try something different this summer you should be drinking the 2005 Gutzler Spatburgunder Blanc de Noirs.
Til next time,