Wechsler 2020 "Fehlfarbe" Scheurebe, Rheinhessen, Germany

Wechsler 2020 "Fehlfarbe" Scheurebe, Rheinhessen, Germany

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Katharina Wechsler is the possessor of enviable holdings in the most famous dry Riesling area of the Rheinhessen (thanks to the local luminaries, Klaus-Peter Keller, and Philipp Wittman), the highlights in her stable include a big slab of the grand cru vineyard, Kirchspiel, and a small chunk of perhaps the most coveted of all recognized grand crus, Morstein. Between these two juggernaut vineyards of dry Riesling, her family owns entirely a large vineyard, called Benn. Only the upper section of Benn on the strongly calcareous sections is planted to Riesling, while much of the lower slopes are a patchwork of many different grape varieties that she loves to play with in her cellar, concocting things that range between pure pleasure and fun, savory orange wines, to more serious classically styled dry wines, like her knockout Scheurebe. 

Part of her "Cloudy by Nature" range -- "Fehlfarbe” is a rough German translation of “wrong color,” and implies “neither white nor red,” but orange.

  • Winemaker name: Katherina Wechsler
  • Farming: Organic and Biodynamic Certified
  • Varieties: Scheurebe
  • Terroir: Loess-clay and limestone-marl
  • Vinification: Fermented on the skins for 21 day (native yeasts), then pressed into stainless steel, allowed to go through malolactic fermentation, low sulphur added after malo is completed; unfined and unfiltered
  • Aging: Aged in stainless steel for 6-8 months on the lees; bottled with minimal sulphur addition
  • Tasting Note: Equally fun as it is serious and complex, Scheurebe has a natural talent for orange wine with its intrinsic bright floral aromas in classically styled dry wines that metamorphose into beautiful dried floral and dried herb tea notes, and the suave but only slightly grippy texture of a second-brew tea.

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