Andreas Durst is a pretty well known photographer – this is how he makes most of his money as he’s working less than a hectare in TOTAL.
Andreas moved to a forgotten part of the Pfalz, on the northern border with the Rheinhessen a few decades ago, to get closer to his true love, wine.
Damn is this Sylvaner fine; if I could call this Chablis” I’d 1) impress a lot of Chablis drinkers and 2) actually be able to sell quantities. There is a beautiful, stony and ripe citrus, a palate that is salty and wildly mineral. While not at all heavy, the palate does have a density, a compact weight that is staining and long. Great acids and balance; even in this ripe vintage Andreas and the cool northern Pfalz have produced a wine of style and elegance.
Sylvaner is one of the world’s greatest, most sensitive and transparent grapes; think of it as Chardonnay with out the fruit. Andreas sources this wine from 40-year-old Sylvaner vines in the Zellertal, a very cool part of the northern northern Pfalz. It is macerated on the skins for a short time, then pressed and fermented in stone tank. Twenty-five percent whole berries are included in the tank for about a month. No fining, only minimal filtration and about 30ppm SO2 added at bottling.