2018 Wagner-Stempel Silvaner

Who says Silvaner has to be dull and neutral? So much verve and life in this wine.

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From organically farmed vines up to 50 years-old, this Silvaner is very much a product of its region and environment.

Extended ageing on lees in local oak barrels from Hunsrück provides the texture, while the quartz dominant pebbly soil provides the minerality that is so intrinsically tied to Silvaner wines.

While the wine can appear tight, and slightly reductive at first, it opens into a spicy herbal and minerally complex wine with drive, length, and a chalky finish.

2018 takes its place in a series with 1911, 1959 and 2001. These wines were the driest years in our region in the last 100 years, and can be counted among the greats.

Conditions were borderline perfect, the usual complaints of rain and hail nowhere to be found. Health of fruit and perfect ripeness came with ease, preservation of acid was the only pre-requisite to making stunning, age-worthy wine.

Fermented in stainless steel, before long-term elevage in local oak on gross lees.

93 Points - "Silvaner, on the right site, in the right hands, is no slouch as a white grape. Sweet lemon, brine and flinty smells, kind of neutral in some respects, but flavour and intensity is certainly there. It's chalky and dry, bursting acidity, steely and faintly floral. Finish is all crunch, lemon zest and mouth-watering freshness."- Gary Walsh (Winefront)

89 Points - "The 2018 Silvaner Gutswein offers an intense and a slightly mineral bouquet of perfectly ripe fruits. Juicy and elegant on the palate, this is a medium-bodied, charmingly fruity and textured Sylvaner with a salty and intense finish that also reveals fine tannin structure. In 2018, the Sylvaner was not macerated due to the lower acidity of the 2018 vintage." - Stephan Reinhardt (Robert Parker)

88 Points - "A mélange of grasses and herbs accompanies scents of freshly milled wheat on the nose. The feel is gentle, downright caressing, yet there is more than ample midpalate juiciness, which carries into a refreshingly sustained if understated finish. Since acidity here, at over seven grams per liter, is far from measurably deficient, and low buffering matter is virtually a given in 2018, this wine's soft feel can likely be attributed to an inherent proclivity of Silvaner, or else to vintage-specific features that can't be captured in numbers." - David Schildknecht (Vinous)

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