Stefan Vetter 2016 Steinterrassen 'Sandstein' Sylvaner, Franken
Item Number: 12971
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): 100% Sylvaner
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 11
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Sandstone
Vineyard Notes: Stefan is at the forefront of the natural wine movement in Germany. As such, he practices organics and adheres to biodynamic principles. Everything here is done by hand. For the most part, Stefan picks earlier, looking for ripe, clean grapes with higher acidities. The 'Sandstein' Sylvaner fruit is sourced from terraced sandstone vineyards. Vines are between 20 and 40 years old.
Winemaking Notes: Sylvaner fruit is gently pressed with an old screw press. The wine is aged in old wooden barrels. During élevage, the wines are topped off, but that’s about it. They are bottled without fining or filtering and with a minuscule addition of sulfur for stability. Tasting Notes: The “Steinterrassen” wines should be thought of as the 1er Cru wines; they are always sourced from steep, terraced vineyards, from some of the better, older-vine parcels. The “Sandstein” is sourced from parcels on solid sandstone; the fruit tends to be more open and generous here than in the more stoic Muschelkalk, yet it is always backed up by a solid structure and penetrating mineral core.