Sylvaner Bergweingarten 2012
A Wine That
shows the world why off-dry wine can be so captivating. Think apple tart with flecks of salted caramel, but light on the sugar and with a bitter grapefruit twist. The perfect wine to drink with spicy food, as the sugar counterbalances chilli — so pour this with ramen or Indian dishes and marvel at how it pairs with fragrant herbs.
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- Winemaker: Jean-Pierre Frick
Where and How?
This comes from Jean-Pierre Frick's vineyard named Bergweingarten; the soils are limestone with sandstone. Southeast exposure.
The wine was then aged for ten months on fine lees in 100-year-old old Alsatian oak foudres, before being bottled with 16,9 g/L residual sugar. Sulfites only added at bottling.
The Winemaker: Jean-Pierre Frick
Jean-Pierre Frick has captivated the world with his philosophical musings and his spellbinding no-sulphur wines. From humble beginnings here in Alsace, his winemaking style and biodynamic farming methods arose from conversations with friends and family, combined with a desire to follow nature’s path. In the late 70s he learnt about biodynamics from friends, and he took a 10-day course to study the philosophy in-depth. He says,
“The organic culture at the time hasn’t really changed compared to what it is now. By replacing synthetic products with non-chemical products - that’s a good step of course, it’s better for the microbiome of the soil and it helps against erosion. But by replacing a bad recipe with a better recipe, you’re still not really involving the person’s thinking. With biodynamics, however, you can live for 100 years and still never have answered the questions it raises. You expand your mind with observations and infinite studies. Human beings aren’t here to follow recipes, we’re here to find new ones, and to implicate ourselves.”