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|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Organically Grown, Low-Intervention/Natural Wine, Vegan|
The German winegrowing region of Franken lies on the northern edge of Bavaria, and has a viticultural history dating back to the mid 700s. The Main river takes a meandering “W-shaped” course throughout, providing a variety of unique sites well suited to grapes like müller thurgau, riesling, and silvaner. Riesling may reign supreme throughout other parts of Germany, but in Franken, silvaner is king! Uniquely, over 40% of the area’s wines are bottled in the flat, bulbous bottles known as Bocksbeutel. (Although this may spark some unfortunate associations with Mateus, the semi-sweet fizzy rosé so prevalent in the ‘70s, when it comes to Franconian wines, the Bocksbeutel is actually a signifier of quality! The bottle shape is legally protected for quality Franconian wines, and has a wine route named after it as well.) Peter Leipold is the young winemaker taking over his family’s estate. His Instagram handle is @silvanerlover, which is a good indication of what to expect from his take on Franken’s main white grape - and he certainly doesn’t disappoint. Germany’s answer to Sancerre, this silvaner is anything but simple! Layer after layer of fresh cut pineapple, crunchy Granny Smith apple, and citrus pith mingle with hints of yeasty buttered roll. Bright, bracing acidity provides plenty of refreshment, while the finish is long and mineral-laden, with chalky limestone texture that lasts and lasts - at least until your next sip. Organically grown, low-intervention/natural wine, vegan.