One of many synonyms that are used for the various clones of Pinot Noir that are found thoughout Europe. Along with Blauer Burgunder, this particular name (or clone, as many of the different versions may be close enough to be considered Pinot Noir, but not exactly the same as the French versions) is found in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. For many years Spätburgunders from these countries were light, fruity and sometimes sweet, but in the last two decades quality-minded producers have made wines with lots of structure and stuffing, some of which can be downright Burgundian. Sometimes vinified in sweeter versions that are listed by Oeschle weight (Spätlese, Auslese, etc.) as well as in Beerenauslese form, which are quite rare and expensive.
The best Spätburgunders come from the western German regions of Baden and the Rhein valley.