Silvaner Trocken 2021
Region: Rheinhessen

Tasting Notes

Riper on the nose than many other Silvaners, with expressive pear and apple aromas, along with some floral undertones and a lick of minerality. On the palate, it has the typistic acidity of the varietal, but the lees aging and ripeness of fruit give it a plusher mouth-feel. You can chill this well and crack it out at a picnic, or give it a lighter chill and serve it with Mussels in white wine or seared scallops.

Silvaner at one time was one of the most planted varieties in Germany and the key component in the forgettable Liebfraumilch being produced at the time. Slowly but surely those vines were replaced by a sea of Muller-Thurgau that had less marked acidity for mass consumption wine. The Rheinhessen and Franconia, along with Austria, have carried on with production of fine, drier versions of Silvaner however, and are crafting brilliant expressions of it. Originally from Austria, it migrated to several other areas, including being added to one of the Noble varieties allowed in Alsace Grand Cru (though only in the vineyard of Zotzenberg). Silvaner is best when fully phenolically ripe, where it gives full, flavourful wines with strong acidity and freshness.

Germany’s largest wine region, Rheinhessen was historically known for mainly producing large amounts of bulk wine destined for the export market. That began to change gradually beginning in the 1980s, when growers began to focus on lower yields, drier styles and overall higher quality wines. Today, the region is home to the majority of Germany’s organic/biodynamic viticulture, with a great number of young and energetic producers eschewing the past and leading the future. Unlike other German wine regions, there are significant plantings of many grapes, though Riesling plays a role here as well, to be sure. You will find plenty of Muller-Thurgau, Dornfelder, Silvaner and Pinots Gris, Noir and Blanc throughout. The climate is relatively mild, protected by countless hills and forests and moderated on the east and west border by the Nahe and Rhine rivers, respectively. Soil types vary, though the majority are a mix of loess and loam with limestone deposits mixed with gravel.

Old vine plantings in clay and limestone marl soil. A southwestern exposure ensures full ripeness for development of flavour and complexity. The winery sources from the area and vineyards around the town of Oppenheim, most on steep slopes with excellent drainage.

Hand-harvested fruit from steep limestone slopes. The press wine is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel and given some extended lees aging time in tank afterwards. The wine is bottled lightly filtered.

Wine Type: White

Variety: Silvaner

Classification: QmP

Orientation: South-west

Appellation: N/A

Gradient: 240 masl

Soil: lime marl and loess

Farming Practices: Traditional, maturation in steel tanks, cooled fermentation. Harvest was not that early than last year. A lot of sunshine and warm temperature during autumn and enough rain over the year – thats the reason why it is a very frutiy and full-bodied vintage.

Residual Sugar: 6.4 g/l

Alcohol: 12

Malolactic: Yes

Botte Size: 750 ml

Acidity: 6.7 g/l

Other Practices: None