Stepp Pinot Noir Buntsandstein 2021

Traditional Price €36
WineSpark Price €22.71
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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 23 reviews
John Hammond (Dublin)
Not a ‘Vinho Tinto Para Hombre’

This is how a full-bodied Spanish wine was described to me in a bar in Valencia. Well, this Stepp Pinot Noir isn’t that. It’s a light red, very subtle with real structure. A very well made wine and deeply flavoursome to boot - not light and a little empty as some Pinot Noirs can be. Really enjoyable with food and for sipping and great for the time of year too - Spring into Summer. Very impressive - will be back for more.

Hi John, delighted you enjoyed this one and thank you for the thoughtful note! Cheers Eamon

Dom'and Mary (Bantry)
Had taken Pinot Noir, as nice & quaffable, but ...

Stepp is away above nice; delicious and very versatile. First with ribeye & prawns, on another occasion just with soft cheeses & crackers. The Riesling is next.

Stepp is hard to beat Dominic, thanks for the great review! Cheers Eamon

Siobhan Cunningham (Limerick)
Very smooth

Not normally a Pinot Noir fan but this wine is helping to move me in that direction. Very easy drinking wine, love the Stepp Riesling and this is equally classy.

Thanks Siobhan I couldn't agree more! Cheers Eamon

Tim Brophy (Nenagh)
A beautiful rich Rhone Valley style wine

So far we have had this with stuffed Porksteak and it went down very well indeed.

Joe Borinski (Dublin)
Ripe raspberry and redcurrant, smooth and mellow, lovely intensity and length.

A classy and delicious wine.

John @ Cork (Cork)
Great Pinot at this price

It has all the Pinot taste, light red wine at an approachable price. Its a great bottle and a nice intro to the the grape

Clare Fitzgerald (Dublin)
I love this red

Enjoyed it on Christmas day wirh family.

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!

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