Of all the area producing Spätburgunder in Germany..the Pfalz is the one showing more earthiness..terroir....and compared to other styles..even austere at times. I once wrote 'Pinot Noir for Bordeaux Lovers'..and this still holds true. Dr Heinz Wehrheim is over 80..who says wine is bad for you? His son, Karl-Heinz, has been running the business since 1990and is also involved in a project called 'Fünf Freunde'(Five Friends)..comprising of various growers.
Dr. Wehrheim Birkweiler Kastanienbusch Spätburgunder Grosses Gewächs 2005
Intense, characterful aroma...stern..and serious..smell of undergrowth...the juicyness is to the forefront..lively acidity and the packed fruit only as background at the moment. This reminded me of dried cherries...and the wine is trying to show well..methinks this needs a few years though...robust tannins will see to that..not as much sweet-fruit from the Pinot.....