In a nutshell: A light, fragrant and fruity German Pinot Noir from the Rheingau region on the banks of the Rhine
The lowdown: The Rheingau is one of Germany's well known and most productive wine regions. The vineyards here sit on south facing slopes on the banks of the rivers Rhine and Main either side of Wiesbaden. Christian Ress, the fifth generation of the family to run the estate, is the winemaker and produces some excellent Riesling and Pinot Noirs from here. This light and juicy Pinot Noir has lots of concentrated red fruit flavours with some delicate spice notes all backed up with an elegant body. It's a deliciously, moreish example of the modern German take on Pinot Noir
When to drink: Just the kind of Pinot Noir to chill slightly on a sunny day. It's great by itself and very veratile with food.
Situated on the south facing banks of the Rhine in Hattenheim, just outside Wiesbaden the origins of the Balthasar Ress wine estate can be traced back to 1870. In 1947 their holdings amounted to just 3 hectares of vines, but this has grown steadly over the years until now when they have 46 hectares of manily Riesling and Pinot Noir which is owned and managed by the latest generations of the family in the shape of Christian and Stefan Ress.