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Stefan Vetter, Sylvaner Karlstadt 2021
Germany / White

Stefan Vetter, Sylvaner Karlstadt 2021

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Fruit

Earth

Acid

Body

Minerality

Notes from Vom Boden:

"Stefan is at the forefront of the natural wine movement in Germany. As such, he farms both organically and biodynamically, as would be expected. As he works only old vines, only in steep, terraced sites and everything is done by hand. Pressing is done gently with either an old screw press or a basket press and can take four to six hours. For the most part, Stefan picks earlier, looking for ripe, clean grapes with higher acidities.The juice may see a short bit of skin contact, but for the most part it is just moved directly into old barrels – or one of the few newer 300 or  600-liter barrels Stefan has acquired directly from Stockinger. During the élevage, the wines are topped off, but that’s about it.The wines are bottled without filtering and with a minuscule addition of sulfur for stability.

It is hard to contextualize what Stefan is doing within the history of Franken. As with the Rheingau, the wines here were once among the most celebrated in Germany. Würzburg, the region’s largest city, became very wealthy from the wine trade and many giant old domains still exist, churning out mostly nondescript, wine-like creations that do no justice to the estates, the vineyards and the region as a whole.

Stefan is changing this, a few old vines at a time.

A killer “basic” Sylvaner from Stefan; ultra-fresh florality and absolutely glowing with a bright, detailed and complex fresh-sour citrus. The 2021er is ultra-delicate, the citrus skin studded with a garden of herbs and fresh sea air.

Vetter’s technique is worth noting, as it’s unique. The basic Sylvaner is sourced from younger vines around the terraced vineyard. The grapes are whole-cluster pressed without any maceration or crushing and put directly into old/neutral barrels. The wine is topped up while in barrel, but not sulfured. The wines are normally racked only once and then bottled unfined and unfiltered with lower SO2".

Country
Germany
Region
Karlstadt
Varieties
Sylvaner
Farming
Organic
Soil
Sandstone and limestone
Winemaking
Aged in neutral barrels.