Estate Spatburgunder 2012, Friedrich Becker, Pfalz, Germany

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Red wines from Germany are often overlooked which is a shame because as with the whites they produce some of the best in the world. The most revered red grape variety in Germany is the Spatburgunder or Pinot Noir grape – making light to medium bodied wines with little tannin, good minerality and bags of tangy red fruit character. Pfalz is highly regarded for its red wines and Fritz Becker is highly regarded amongst the wine makers of the Pflaz, so it comes as no surprise that this wine is a bit special. Captivating, concentrated and intense it displays elegant flavours of raspberry, dark cherry, orange peel and cassis alongside complex notes of tobacco and spice. It has an excellent structure and a long, developing finish that lingers long after the wine has disappeared down your throat.