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Landwein Rhein, Das Ist Keine Orange 2020

Landwein Rhein, Das Ist Keine Orange 2020

Farming : Organic

 

Winemaking : Hand-Picked Grapes | Native Yeast Fermentation | Unfined | Unfiltered | Vegan

 

Region : Rheinhessen, Germany

 

Grape : 80% Müller-Thurgau | 20% Silvaner

 

Alcohol by Volume : 12.6%

Woman Winemaker: Gabrielle Schlossmuhlenhof

Notes: 

The Schloss Mühlenhof property is a large estate (nearly 20ha) spread across the slopes above Kettenheim, 3km south of Alzey, Germany. This size would seem reasonable, if not expected, considering the estate was started in 1846 and is now hosting the 6th generation.

It began as a rye and wheat mill until the 1920s, when the small vineyard attached became the focus for the family income. The vines of that era have been replaced over time but some on the property are still as old as 45yrs.

'Das ist Orange' translates to 'In no way is this Orange Wine.' Great intro into Orange wine. From 25 year old vines planted to 3ha of loess and calcareous clay soils, the grapes were hand-harvested and vineyard sorted together on October 5th. The whole clusters were allowed to macerate and spontaneously ferment in stainless steel for 12 weeks. Aged for seven months in stainless steel, the entire time on lees, and then bottled in January. Unfiltered.

Gentle, yet distinct tannin structure. Tasting notes are clean and dry, hints of pear and grapefruit, dash of spice on the finish. Really a refreshing wine and on the lighter end, if you have never had Orange wine, this is a great introductory wine for you!

 

 

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