Stepp Pinot Noir Buntsandstein 2021

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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 32 reviews
Paul (Dublin)
Excellent crowd pleaser

A very good Burgundian style pinot - served with pork and a chicken dish. Good body, but light enough for chicken.

Anonymous (Cork)

Delicious, easy drinking wine! Have already reordered and is our new “house” red!

It really is so wonderful and easy to drink! We also always have it on hand

Neil Hogan (Dublin)
Had a glass one evening. Put screwtop back on and finished it next day.

On day one thought it was a bit thin and uninspiring. On day two it had opened out and was much more typically Pinot Noir and nice snd fresh. Maybe it needs decanting.

Glad you were happy with it in the end Neil but if not, let us know!

Hugh Flood (Limerick)
Lovely earthy pinot. Brilliant with food but also on its own. Imagine it will age well

At home

Totally agree Hugh, it's really enjoyable with or without food!

CM Mc (Dublin)
Loved this.

Had it with rack of lamb. Was really good.
I like light reds!!

It's my favourite light red! Goes so well with rack of lamb :)

Brian Goff (Limerick)
Loved it !

Excellent Pinot , went perfectly with a traditional Christmas dinner the second year running .

That's a Christmas tradition I can get behind - delighted to hear it Brian! Cheers Eamon

Micheal Begley (Tralee)

This an excellent Pinot Noir . Great value and next time I’m buying the Magnum! It’s very versatile and I would highly recommend this one.

Agreed Michael, I'd definitely recommend the magnum as well!

Declan (Dublin)
My go-to wine

I am obsessed with this wine. Honestly it is outstanding value for money. Hopefully the magnums will be coming in stock in time for Christmas!

Watch this space Declan....! (Keep an eye on your email early next week so you can get your order in.)

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