Stepp Pinot Noir Buntsandstein 2020

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Pfalz is perfect Pinot country - terraced vineyards 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 pal who makes Grand Cru Burgundy, uses the barrels once, and sells them on 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

2nd fill French 228L oak barriques

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


Average age of vines

More than 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 16 reviews
Declan (Dublin)
Cracking' Pinot

A fantastic bottle of Pinot Noir. Excellent with a slow cooked stew or other autumnal fare. Looking forward to the new vintage!

Orla FitzGerald (Dublin)

Particularly nice when left to breathe a day or so, packed a nice punch for a Pinot Noir!

GIllian Garvin (Marbella)

Delicious everytime!

Sean Jackson (Dublin)

I am not a great fan of Pinot Noir but this wine has helped me to change my mind along with my taste buds.

Thomas D (Enniskerry)
Personal favourite, but...

Love this one, keep ordering more, too often... but... the 2018 I found I lot better than the 2019. Not sure if it's an extra year maturing or 2018 is just a year more of my liking.

Alex Kelly (Dublin)

Lovely light red

Aaron Downes (Swords)
A nice surprise

I had never paid attention to Pinot noir even after watching the movie. But this is an excellent wine, light and full of flavour. I got it as part of the starter case first time around and went back for more.

Francis (Dublin)
Stepp on it

Halfway through the Christmas Dozen and this is my favourite so far...

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