Wow! Strawberries, yeah! Strawberries; not the cheese…



I could write a novel on this one – on the theme of pure seduction – but then a lot of what grabs you when drinking the Kreuzberg 2008 Devonschiefer Goldkapsel are lost. This talks directly to your heart and works extremely well with those moments when you get the feeling that life’s good, really darn good!
After some time on the decanter it shows an adorable ethereal and floral nose, totally impossible not to fall for! Funny, it actually reminds me of the just as great Waipara Pinot 2007 from Mountford Estate we had the week before. Especially the spiciness, sage brush/absinthe and curry, gives me flash backs to kiwi land! The spice notes are extremely modest but enhances the aromas and adds depth together with the minced strawberries and wet earth.


If the aromas spoke directly to the brain’s lust center the taste follows it up! Not for the tannin followers, this one rather appeals to acid freaks! The acidity takes you on a ride together with the ethereal feeling and delightful red fruit. Elegance in a glass simply!

I find myself liking the 2008’s Spätburgunder’s from German regions such as Ahr more than the rich 2007 style. Maybe it’s more drinkability at the moment or just the acid nut in me talking, I don’t know – but what I do know for certain is that if Pinot Noir is high up on your list then do whatever’s in your power to find some bottles from Kreuzberg!

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(2008 Devonschiefer Goldkapsel, Kreuzberg, Ahr, 93 points)

P.S. Thought about naming this one ‘Po-n in a bottle’ but reconsidered when realizing I would be chocked when checking my stats – finding out I had tenfolded my readership. And just as disappointed finding out they were all gone with the next posting….

P.S.2. You guessed it. The title is Jack’s words (sideways). Although on a rosé it’s still fitting in…

  • Finare Vinare

    >Porn porn porn. There you have it! Thousands of new readers ;-)

    Jokes aside, we're happy tp see that the *GK* hit your sweet spot. Would you say the impressions were the same as the first time we tasted it together, or was it even better now?

    The ordinary Devonschiefer (without the goldcap) is also a lovely glass, by the way…

  • Niklas Jörgensen

    >Better! Following a bottle for the whole evening; first a sip before the dinner, then pairing with a suitable dish and then just enjoying it on its own, is unmatched!

    Poured it to some friends with absolutely no knowledge on German reds and didn't say anything at all what was in the glasses. First when the 'Aaaaah, this is delicious!' came I showed them the bottle!

    Some might think I'm too generous with the score on this one, but it's impossible to hold back! Love it! And yes, I have a weak spot for German Spätburgunder, especially when it tastes like this!


  • Finare Vinare

    >We totally agree about the score. This is extremely elegant stuff and the same quality as Jean Stoddens better wines, in our opinion (even if Stoddens GG:s have a bit more firepower along with the elegance).

    Perhaps those accustomed to red burgundy will need some time to tune into the pinot x slate character. But pinot no-Ahr defintely grows on you…

  • Niklas Jörgensen

    >Yep, that is worth mentioning that this is not a substitute to Burgundy; it's just another interpretation of Pinot Noir! A great Burgundy is still a great Burgundy.

    But I can't help it – knowing i can get half a dozen of these for one bottle of Grand Cru Burgundy – makes it easy chosing. After all; a lovely wine you'd like to be able to enjoy over and over again. Not only once in your life – or at a tasting…


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