Ah, German Pinot Noir. I'm already imagining crisp autumn days, damp leaves disintegrating underfoot. Sun through bare branches of sparse forest. Memories of ripe cherries from summer starting to fade. A chill. Maybe a wood burning fire in the distance?
Oh sorry you wanted to know about this wine? Yeah, exactly what I was saying. Cherry with a bright suggestion of redcurrant or rhubarb, a hint of earth and distant smoke, light to medium bodied, with a pleasing tea-like astringency on the finish. The flavours were a bit softer at room temperature but sang with a light chill.
Perfect for a simple meal - roasted or grilled veg or fish, peppery charcuterie or mushrooms, etc, etc.
About the Producer
Leitz Weingut is a family-run producer based in the Rheingau in Germany. Classic Riesling territory! Currently run by Johannes Leitz, he'll eventually pass the reins to his son, carrying on the family business.
In the meantime they are making varietal wines that are traditional to the region, like dry, high-acid rieslings, and light pinot noirs with a mineral backbone.
Leitz makes conventional (i.e. alcoholic) as well as de-alcoholised wines, using the same grapes and vineyard practices for both.
The fully fermented wines then are gently de-alcoholised through a low temperature vacuum distillation process. The low temperatures mean that the alcohol can be removed without losing aromas and varietal characteristics.