If Bombacher awakes associations of bombast, only the colour of the Sommerhalde with its deep plum hue and distinctive purple rim could be seen to do justice to that image. The nose conjures up an image of a hazy Indian summer’s afternoon, with bonfire smoke drifting across meadows and hedgerows exuding fragrances of wild herbs and autumn fruit. For those who don’t get out that much (or far), juicy morello cherries, ripe plums and mouthwatering redcurrants are served well by a generous contribution of sandalwood spices, dried herbs and expertly toasted aromas. A tight minerality partners assertive tannins to provide a firm structure. Spätburgunder suave and sophisticated.