A straightforward, light and fruity version of Silvaner - quality-driven, great value everyday white.
The Silvaner Grape
The Silvaner grape is closely connected to Castell, because its history in Germany started in Castell in 1659. In that year the first Silvaner was planted on a Castell vineyard. A contract dating from this year is still on display in the princely archives.
The Castell-Castell series represents are modern wine style in a standard bottle (not a Bocksbeutel). They are fruity and dry, with a pure and fresh taste. The Castell-Castell wines are ideal for a relaxing glass of easy-drinking wine in the evening, the tasty partner to a Mediterranean meal and the easy bottle for a spontaneous get-together with friends.
Wine Making Notes
Harvest by hand and machine, fermented in steel tanks under temperature controlled. The wine has been kept in contact with its fine yeast for three months (sur lie!).
Bouquet: Apricot and mango, a hint of spice, rich in minerals
Palate: Juicy, fresh fruity, full flavour
Food pairing: For light dishes, seafood, Chinese cuisine
Residual sugar: 5.1 g/L
Acidity: 5.2 g/L (sugar/acidity ratio: 0.98 = dry)
More about Silvaner
The Silvaner grape is, in fact, an Austrian cultivation which only became more widely popular after being planted in the Keuper soil and continental climate of the Steigerwald in Franken (northern Bavaria). The second region where Silvaner plays a significant role is the Alsace, today part of France but historically a German-speaking area as well.
On April 5th 1659 the Count of Castell’s bailiff, one Johann Georg Körner, ordered Michel Saueracker the messenger to bring back 25 Silvaner graftings from nearby Obereisenheim, at a cost of eight shillings and threepence halfpenny. At that time no-one dreamed that this Austrian import would mature into the ambassador per se of Franconian wine. In time the Silvaner became a typical Castell grape, with signposts pointing the way to the vines and even a monument dedicated to it. It is besides Riesling the authentic, mainly in Germany grown grape, and until the 1970ies the most grown vine in Germany.
In the ‘Domäne Castell’ Silvaner is our major variety with about 40% of all wines produced. The vine is now perfectly adapted to the heavy gipsum-loam-clay soil of the Castell vineyards. These vineyards, although situated within 2 miles around the village give very individual characters to the wines because of their differing microclimats.
Today the Silvaner attracts more and more the interest of wine writers and critics in Germany and around the world.