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Villa Wolf Pinot Noir 2014

The Experience

Drink When...
You are with your pack
Listen To...
Cry Wolf by A-Ha
Think About...
Wolves in sheeps clothing
Drink With...
Duck confit with redcurrant sauce

The Oddbins Take

Everyone has heard the story about the boy who cried wolf, right? Well, we don’t blame the poor lad because after trying this German red we felt like shouting (Villa) Wolf from the rooftops too. We simply love this classic expression of a Pfalz Pinot Noir, which owes its gorgeous mineral traits to the ideal mountain and river setting. With soft red fruits on the surface, but with earthy tannins and a spicy bite underneath, this is definitely a wolf in sheep’s clothing (see what we did there?)

The Vital Statistics

Country
Germany
Region
Pfalz
Classification
QbA
Vintage
2014
Drink
Best Drunk Now & Over the Next 4 Years
Closure
Screwcap
Bottle Size
Regular - 750ml
Residual Sugar
2 g/l
12.5%
Alcohol Units
9.4

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The Style

Grape
Pinot Noir (100%)
Oak
Body
Light Full bodied
Sweetness
Dry Sweet

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Jane MacQuitty in The Times, 19/9/15: "…lap up the light, tangy, sappy, savoury 2013 Villa Wolf Pfalz Pinot Noir, a whizz with steak and kidney pie."

The Villa Wolf estate dates back to 1756 and, in 1996 renowned German winemaker Ernst Loosen took over the ownership. These days the winery is run by winemakers Patrick Moellendorf and Sumi Gebauer, who practice sustainable viticulture and traditional winemaking in the cellar to produce dry and flavoursome Pfalz-style wines. Their vines consist of Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Sylvaner and Pinot Noir. The winery has thrived under Patrick and Sumi’s control and is gaining recognition in both Germany and the rest of the world.

Situated north of Alsace, between the Haardt Mountains and the Rhine River, the Pfalz region is protected from harsh Atlantic weather. The warmer and drier climate makes it possible to achieve full ripeness of the grapes, ensuring wines with good flavour concentration. The vineyards are planted on a mixture of sandstone and volcanic soil, which gives the wines a mineral edge.

After being trained by Ernst Loosen for seven years, Patrick and Sumi are now completely in charge of the entire winemaking process – they direct and implement everything from grape planting and harvesting, to cellar work and bottling. Because of this hands-on approach they are able to make the right crucial decisions at the right time to guarantee the best possible product. Everything takes place under their watchful eyes; crushing of grapes, settling of the must, and whether the must is stored and aged in oak barrels or steel tanks. Sumi has the advantage of speaking five languages, and has naturally taken on the role as representative for the winery.

Villa Wolf Pinot Noir is made using only healthy and clean grapes that have been gently handled. The fruit is de-stemmed and crushed, and then the must is pumped over the skins to extract flavour and colour. French oak barrels are used to mature half of the wine for nine months. The other half is held in stainless steel tanks and later blended with the barrel-matured wine to preserve and highlight the lively and fragrant fruit characters.

This is a flavoursome yet nuanced Pinot Noir, with a pale tawny appearance and medium body. Herby and savoury aromas can be found on the nose, while the palate offers a fruit-forward character in the form of red fruits and dark spiced cherry. A light minerality follows through beginning to finish. French oak has given a backbone of earthy tannins and a firm structure. A classy Pinot Noir that can be enjoyed with game pie, cold meat platters – or perfectly matched with fatter bird meats such as duck or goose.