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We first met Gerd Stepp when he was winemaker for retail giant M&S and were immediately impressed with his attention to detail and in depth wine knowledge.

Gerd grew up on his family vineyard in the Pfalz giving him a great understanding of the requirements of each specific terroir in the region. His focus is on vineyard site selection and management to create authentic, modern wines with a distinctive sense of place.

The Vineyards

The Stepp fruit predominantly originates from 2 sites in the Pfalz. One being limestone based and the other sandstone based - both ideal for quality wine production. The vineyards are steep terraced and are 100% hand-picked.

Winemaking

Winemaking in general is based on natural methods with only minimal intervention, handling and pumping.

All the white varietal fruit is whole berry pressed and fermentation begins with a wild ferment, followed by an inoculation to ferment dry. The wine is left on fine lees until just before bottling.

20-30% of the Pinot Noir is left whole bunched and goes into an open top fermenter with floating lid. The balance of destemmed fruit is transferred into an open vat. None of the fruit is squeezed or crushed. Pigeage and pumping occurs 3-4 times per day to submerge the skins. Made in a Burgundian way with cold maceration at 8-10 degrees for 7-8 days to gently extract colour from the berries pre-fermentation. Fermentation occurs spontaneously and undergoes malolactic fermentation in barrel. The wine is matured in new and 2nd fill French oak barrel.

The Wines

2013 Pinot Gris

stepp-pinot-grisThe grapes for this wine come from old vineyards planted on limestone rich soils in the Pfalz region of Germany. Grapes are picked at the latter stages of harvest to ensure full fruit ripeness. This is a textural wine with plenty of succulent fruit flavours of apple, melon and pear. The finish is fresh and crisp.

This versatile Pinot Gris is deliciously refreshing on its own or partner with salads, white fish and prawn dishes.

2013 Riesling

stepp-rieslingGerd sources his Riesling from terraced vineyards where the partially Bundsandstein (colored sandstone) partially limestone soils give the wine a delicate but persistent minerality.

The wine has a lovely intense fruit flavour of yellow peaches and passion fruit with a spicy and crisp finish. The palate is rich with a beautiful balance of fruit and acidity with a long mineral finish.

It makes an ideal partner with fresh seafood platters, salads, sushi and Asian dishes or just enjoy with friends on its own.

2014 Scheurebe

image-stepp-blankThis beautifully aromatic Scheurebe is sourced from a single site. Slightly off-dry, fresh and vibrant with spice, grapefruit and some lively and appealing tropical fruit and lime zest notes. The palate is crisp and clean displaying tangy fruit and spice. There’s a lovely backbone of acidity that draws upon some zesty lime flavours giving the wine tremendous length of flavour and character.

 

Enjoy served with unadulterated seafood or moderately spiced vegetable or white meat dishes.

2014 Pinot Noir

stepp-pinot-noirThe Pfalz region with its moderate climate and long ripening season into autumn is well suited for growing fine Pinot Noir.

This is a stylish and complex Pinot Noir that is scented, seductive and lingering. Aromas of ripe summer berries and raspberry leaf are complemented by an underlying gamey flavor in this multi-layered wine.
A wine that can be served with roast game, truffle risotto or meaty fish dishes.