2015 Franzen Riesling ‘Zeit,' Mosel, Germany

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The Franzen estate is situated in the Middle Mosel and is run by an enterprising and hardworking young couple, Kilian and Angelina, who are in their 20s. Together they farm 5.8 hectares of the steepest vineyard in Europe, the Bremmer Calmont which sits at 70 degrees of inclination! We were really taken with this Riesling and couldn't wait to feature it on the wine bar menu where it was enjoyed by all. As the importer explains, “Year after year this wine was not fermenting dry. They used to blend it into the entry "Quartzit Schiefer” but decided to bottle it under its own label, however it finishes, and label it “Zeit” which means “Time”. The grapes all come from the younger vines on Bremmer Calmont and were fermented in stainless steel tank over 426 days with 100% malolactic fermentation. Yes, you read that correctly - that is indeed 426 days of fermentation. As Kilian explains, "in principle, we ferment with no temperature control and only spontaneously with our own natural yeasts in order to preserve the most independent character of the wine." He does that in order to allow the wine the time to develop its personality. The resulting wine is one of great substance and character with a surprising and impressive depth and minerality. When it comes to pairing with dishes, Kilian says "we recommend this wine completely pure. This wine needs air. Just open before dinner - and drink after dinner."

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