Schieferkopf Silvaner Trocken-Sec 2017

Limestone soils that date back 235-245 million years, situated along Germany’s Rhine river are home to the Silvaner vines that produce my wine pick this week. These ancient soils in combination with a dry, sunny climate make for magical conditions in which to grow the rare Silvaner (aka Sylvaner) grape. It originates in Austria, however records indicate that the variety has been cultivated in Germany since as early as 1665. Schieferkopf started their winery in Alsace and expanded to Germany in 2015, seeking special terroirs to explore. Luckily, they struck gold when they found a small plot of Silvaner adjacent to the glorious Rhine river. Fermented in stainless steel to highlight the ancient soils and unique growing region, Schieferkopf’s Silvaner Trocken-Sec opens with aromas of stone fruit and florals. Peachy notes come through on the palate, with a slight herbaceous bitter component and fresh acidity. Pair with tapas, grilled fish, or the notoriously hard to pair, asparagus. Cheers! Jamie