Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé, Pfalz
£11.50

Country : Germany

Grape Variety : Pinot Noir

A beautifully pale, salmon-pink rosé from Pinot Noir grapes grown in the Pfalz region of Southern Germany. Enticingly juicy and ripe red berry fruit, a hint of sweetness, and a refreshingly crisp finish. What's not to love?

Tasting Note : A basket of fresh berry fruits on the nose. On the palate flavours of strawberry and raspberry fill the mouth, the finish is crisp and clean.

Food Pairing : Cold meats; shellfish; summer salads; salmon en croute. We admit this is at its best sipped in the garden on a summer's evening; but it's equally enjoyable by the fire on a winter's evening with a platter of antipasti.

More info : The Pfalz region is in the Southern part of Germany, and its unique position in the lee of the Haardt Mountains – which protect it from Atlantic winds and rain – makes it one of the driest and warmest in the country. The long ripening period suits the Pinot Noir grape, which performs well here. This rosé is produced from 100% Pinot Noir grapes, which receive a brief maceration period of around 6 hours on the skins. This is just enough to extract a delicate pale pink colour before the skins are removed.

Winery : Founded in 1756, the Villa Wolf estate was purchased by Ernst Loosen in 1996. He overhauled the vineyards and winemaking process, and with the introduction in 2011 of young winemaking team, Patrick Moellendorf and Sumi Gebauer, he has really put this estate on the map. The vines are grown following sustainable viticultural practices and organic viticulture, which not only protects the environment but also produces healthier grapes. The winemaking is carried out in the traditional way with minimalist intervention. Being from the warm, dry Pfalz area, the wines are produced in a drier, fuller-bodied style than most other German wines.