Horst Sauer Escherndorfer Lump Silvaner S. trocken 2017  £21.95

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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 Fürstenberg. Escherndorfer Lump is a steep south-facing slope protected from cold north-eastern winds, with a top layer of limestone-rich soil. Escherndorfer Fürstenberg is an east-facing vineyard which borders the Lump site to the east and west.

They also have the exquisite Escherndorf am Lumpen - a 'Grosse Lage' vineyard plot (a classification given to the best German vineyard sites) first recorded in 1655. This is on the steepest slopes of the Escherndorfer Lump vineyard where the vines are over 30 years old.

Their winery was modernised in 2006 - and is gravity-fed and architecturally stunning, with vineyard rising steeply to the rear. 

The grapes are sourced from the Escherndorfer Lump vineyard site. This is an 'Erste Lage' or 'first class' vineyard site with a steep, south-facing slope - which protects the vines from cold northern and easterly winds. This location, together with the limestone soil, creates wines with a distinctive fruit character and great longevity. The 100% Silvaner grapes are hand-harvested, typically in mid-September. They are pressed gently and undergo a slow, temperature-controlled fermentation (10% on skins for 14 days) in stainless steel, with ageing on fine lees for around 4-5 months.

Inviting white spice and floral aromas, whilst the palate is nervy, vibrant with peach fruit and lovely texture. A bright acid backbone adds structure and elegance. A good match for shellfish, scallops and summer salads.

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