Behind the Bear
The drinking bear that adorns the label stems from the work of a well known Pfalz artist named Otto Dill, a friend of Oliver’s great grandfather Walter Baer (German for bear).
During an evening in 1933, Walter was unable to meet his friends for their 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 to this day. As the bear has been with him all his life he had to feature the 'bear' on his label. A fitting tribute to his great grandfather.
Oliver’s passion for Sauvignon Blanc manifested itself in the planting of seven clones on soil that was perfectly suited to the variety. The expression of Sauvignon Blanc that we have included in this months case consists of the estates ripest and highest quality grapes, grown in their oldest vineyard. After crushing, the wine is fermented in new French oak barrels. Due to the influence of the wood, the wine offers both typical Sauvignon Blanc notes as well as a strong finish with slightly smoky (Fumé) flavours.
This red wine doesn’t flaunt its German origin but stylistically corresponds to the great Pinot Noirs of Burgundy. It takes its time before presenting itself and is elegant rather than sturdy. A wine that speaks to you instead of shouting. A brilliant Pinot which can be enjoyed on its own or with food.
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