Karl Johner Pinot Noir, Baden

£27.25 / bottle

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Karl Johner Pinot Noir is a made in the Burgundian style – the focus at Johner is on wines full of structure but with purity and elegance and Johner has gained much international recognition for its exceptional Pinot Noir offerings. 

After studying oenology in Geisenheim, Karl Heinz Johner spent ten years working for a large English winery (Lamberhurst Winery in Kent). Karl had always thought that Burgundy and Baden, which are not that far apart, have similar wine-growing conditions and decided that he wanted to make quality Pinot Noir in Germany. Therefore, in 1985, Karl and his wife Irene founded a little Weingut (Estate) in their home village “Bischoffingen” in the Kaiserstuhl. The Kaiserstühl is a volcanic outcrop in the Rhine valley which has an ideal climate and a unique terroir of mineral rich, volcanic ash soil. Having overcome the difficulties of the German wine laws, Karl Heinz Johner has established himself as a pioneer of a new German wine style. Today, with his son Patrick at the helm, Karl H. Johner is considered one of the best wine estates in southern Germany and the vineyards cover some  17 hectares in Bischoffingen and surrounding areas.

Karl Johner Pinot Noir  is made from 100% Pinot Noir which comes from vineyards growing on volcanic ash and loess soils. The vineyards undergo intense canopy management, de-leafing and a 50% green harvest. Careful handpicking and exact grape sorting is compulsory. The grapes undergo 4 weeks of skin contact fermentation, 100% destemmed, a malolactic fermentation follows after 6 months. The wine is aged in used oak barrels for 20 months prior to release.

Pinot Noir is also known as Blauer Spätburgunder or Spätburgunder in Germany. German Pinot Noir typically displays a lighter body and delicate fruit flavuors compared to its counterparts from warmer regions. It often showcases red fruit notes like cherry and raspberry, accompanied by earthy and herbal undertones. 

Tastiing Notes

From Johner:

Complex aroma towards spicy red cherry fruit with some beetroot and flintiness.

On the palate great fullness and continuation of the aromas. Pleasant acidity.

A wine that can already be enjoyed very well with the right dishes. But it can also mature well.

Food Pairing

Try this fantastic Pinot Noir with lamb in a herb crust, quail and roast beef.


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