Bachtobel No4 Pinot Noir 2016
Bachtobel has been family owned since 1784, and has 6ha concentrated around the chateau- the furthest away vine is 10 minutes by tractor. They are renowned for their Pinot Noir and obviously the Muller Thurgau... and have a road, bus stop and Pinot Noir clone named after them. They are organic and invest a lot of time in biodiversity in the vineyards, as well as clonal selection and research.
This is their top wine, carefully aged in 100% new oak. They use a mixture of French and German oak, so when we were visiting in the summer we were very keen on tasting the different barrels. The German oak is much subtler and restrained, so despite this having been aged in 100% new oak it doesn’t stand out. Quite the opposite in fact, it’s really well integrated and gives a lovely structure and just a hint of smokyness without overpowering the fruit.