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Horst Sauer, Escherndorfer am Lumpen 1655 Silvaner GG 2017
Horst and Sandra Sauer
From an horrifyingly vertiginous single vineyard - 'am Lumpen', this Silvaner is the ultimate expression of minerality. Impressive and powerful with citrus and floral aromas, opening up to an almond bitterness, salty savoury minerality and a cool acidity core bringing everything together. Try it with goats' cheese, or seafood chowder.
Grapes for the 'Am Lumpen' wines are carefully selected from the steepest parts of the Escherndorfer Lump vineyard - a directly south-facing precipitous slope with limestone soil and vines that are over 30 years old. This 'Am Lumpen' site was first referenced in 1655, and is Horst Sauer's most premium 'Grosse Lage' site - the classification for the very best German vineyards. The terroir produces long lived wines with an unmistakeable concentration of fruit. The 100% Silvaner grapes are selected in the vineyard, hand-harvested around the start of October, and undergo a gentle pressing before spontaneous fermentation takes place. The wine remains on its fine lees until the summer of the following year.
Weingut Horst Sauer is named after its owner. Both Horst and his daughter Sandra (who joined the winery in 2004) are winemakers at their 37 hectare estate in Franken - situated near Wurzburg (between Frankfurt and Nuremberg). Eight different grape varieties are planted, including Riesling, Silvaner and Müller-Thurgau. Their vineyards are focused around the 'Erste Lagen' (prime) sites of Escherndorfer Lump and Escherndorfer Furstenberg. Escherndorfer Lump is a steep south-facing slope protected from cold north-eastern winds, with a top layer of limestone-rich soil. Escherndorfer Furstenberg is an east-facing vineyard which borders the Lump site to the east and west.
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