Stefan Vetter Sylvaner 2020

Type: White
Country: Germany
Region: Franken
Grape Variety: 100% Silvaner
Viticulture: Natural Wine | Biodynamic | Organic Farming

Climate: Continental climate with defined seasons and harsh winters
Terroir: Vines grow on new red sandstone soil
Winemaking: The Sylvaner is pressed as a whole cluster, fermented spontaneously in used wooden barrels and bottled unfiltered without any treatment or fining agents

Color: Pale yellow
From the glass emerge notes of elderflower, quince, freshly cut hay and a touch of wet stone in the background
Palate: Light-bodied and mineral, a fresh acidity tickles the tongue. A slight bitterness appears on the surprisingly long finish

About the Winery:
Stefan Vetter is punk rock. He has done nothing that has even the slightest commercial logic to it. His old friend Andreas Adam (of the celebrated Mosel estate A.J. Adam) must shake his head, watching Stefan, like a wild hermit, run himself up into the terraced vineyards of Franconia. Yet from a scant few hectares of old terraced vineyards, Stefan is redefining what Sylvaner can be.

Stefan is at the forefront of the natural wine movement in Germany. As such, he farms both organically and biodynamically, working only old vines in steep, terraced sites. Pressing is done gently and can take four to six hours. The juice may see a short bit of skin contact, but for the most part, it is just moved directly into old barrels. Stefan has bought 300 and 600-litre barrels from Stockinger. During the elevage, the wine is topped off but that’s about it. The wines are bottled without fining or filtering.