Helmut Dolde, Silvaner Alte Reben 2019
Swabia, Württemberg, Germany
From the importer-
Ever the lover of idioms, Helmut introduced this wine to us as the “Swiss Army knife of Silvaners.” Indeed, his Silvaner Alte Reben (“old vine”) goes a long way to express the versatility of the grape, which shows much elegance in its sixty years of age. The vines reach peak productivity in their youth (around twenty years of age), after which time their yield decreases significantly and continuously. Over time, there are fewer grapes, which means they enjoy a greater concentration of nutrients from the soil. Their aroma is denser, more complex, and their resulting texture is full of tension — amplified by Dolde’s decision to leave the grapes in contact with the mash for highest tannic extraction: “Silvaner for specialists.”
60 year old vines grown in calcareous marl with pebbles of limestone and clay (known in Burgundy as marne blanche) formed by corals and marine life that thrived toward the end of the Jurassic period. 24 hour cold soak then pressed and fermented in stainless steel for 3-4 weeks, aged 6 months on lees in steel tanks; 10% is aged in new barrels. No fining or filtering.