Stepp Pinot Noir Buntsandstein 2018

Traditional Price €28
WineSpark Price €16.68
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Pfalz is perfect Pinot country - terraced vineyard overlooking the Rhine valley, on sandstone, with a long gentle growing season to achieve full ripeness in the grapes.

Gerd describes his winemaking as ‘New Zealand winemaking with a French influence’. It’s all about maximising the fruit purity, and then he puts it in French oak barrels for 18 months.

But these aren’t any old oak barrels. Gerd has a mate who makes Grand Cru Burgundy, uses the barrels once, and sells them to him.

You end up with an intense, juicy, perfumed Pinot, loaded with red fruit, Christmas cake and cloves. The oak gives it a gorgeous toastiness and spiciness - it supports the fruit perfectly.

No wonder Pfalz is home to Germany’s best Pinots, and getting more and more international attention. You can add this one to the list as one of the regions’ best.

Wine type



Pinot Noir



Region of origin





Alcohol %




Months in Oak

18 months

Type of Oak

1st and 2nd fill French 228L oak barriques

Allergens (e.g. Milk, Egg, Fish, Nuts)


Average age of vines

25 years

Average altitude of vines (m)

Approx. 200-220m

Soil type(s)

Coloured sandstone / = Buntsandstein 

Closure Type

Screw cap

Is this wine organic?




Sustainably produced?


Suitable for vegans?


Ageing potential (years)

10+ years

Ideal drinking window


Gerd grew up in a sleepy German village called Bad Durkheim, where his parents and grandparents were farmers and grapegrowers. 

You might not be surprised to learn Gerd is now a winemaker in Bad Durkheim, but made damn sure he experienced the world before settling back here.

Read more about Gerd.

A gem from Gerd - wild boar stew with bread dumplings and red cabbage (in the forests there are plenty of wild boars, and bread dumplings are a bit of a speciality here... as is the slowly-cooked red cabbage)


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Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Martin Power (Dublin)
Lovely wine

Good example of the quality that you can find in Pfalz pinot noirs

Willy Clingan (Dublin)
Outstanding bargain

For us, this is one of the standout bargains on Eamon’ list - soft, silky Pinot much much better than Burgundies we’ve spent three times as much on …

Michael (Lisburn)
excellent wine

enjoyed it with steak

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