Oliver Zeter’s Pinot Noir is from the Pfalz region of Germany but it could easily be mistaken for a far more pricey Pinot Noir from the capricious grape’s spiritual home in Burgundy.
A few words about Pinot Noir – Femme Fatale.
Zeter’s Pinot displays lovely clean ripe raspberry and soft berry notes, and fresh acidity adds structure and finesse to the wine. The grapes are from old vines and matured for 12 months in barrel with no further filtration. Appearing light on first sip but with a blast of ripe berries and flowers following on in the mid palate and blending alongside the terroir’s more grounded notes.
Brothers Christian and Oliver Zeter bottled their first vintage in 2007 and have already earned themselves a place in the wine world. Today they cultivate six hectares of the best sites in Palatinate; some are their own vineyards, some of which they lease from growers with whom they have built and maintain long-term relationships.
The drinking bear that adorns the label comes from the quill of a well known Pfalz artist named Otto Dill, a friend of Oliver’s great grandfather Walter Baer (German for bear). On one occasion in 1933 Walter was unable to meet his friends for a regular ‘glass of wine or two’ and the artist sent the sketch on a postcard to his friend Walter the ‘bear’, and the postcard was signed by all the friends present that day. Oliver has the postcard in his kitchen. He declared that the bear had been with him all his life and when he made wine he would go on the label.