Created in 1956 and released in 1979, Dornfelder is a young variety. It has since become a major player in the German wine industry as it offers deep colour, so often missing in other German grown reds. 

Apart from the assistance it gives blends, Dornfelder can also produce wines of quality on its own, fun, flavourful and very smooth. A very dark inky ruby red, this wine has a nose which is creamy and earthy with notes of cooked dark berry fruit. On the palate, there is full, ripe dark fruit, loganberries and blackberries, with a chalky, earthy overtone and a slightly herbal note.

Due to its lineage, a cross between Helfensteiner and Heroldrebe, it is often thought to contain DNA from every red grape grown in Germany. Whilst there are small amounts grown in Switzerland and the Czech Republic, Germany is the main producer of Dornfelder.


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