Stefan Sander worked in vineyards around the world before settling back into the family estate. His grandfather brought organic viticulture to the vineyards (and winery) in the 50s after noticing how his wife’s MS condition improved after he stopped using chemical fertilisers and started gardening organically. Stefan has now moved towards biodynamics. His wines are clean and expressive, perfect for ‘German doubters’.
Vineyard size 25 hectares. Organic since 1982.
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Grown mainly in Alsace and Germany, Silvaner is a grape that can all to easily produce dull wines of little interest. Its reputation was tarnished when massively overproduced in the latter part of the 20th century to feed demand for Liebfraumilch. However when yields are restricted and the wine-making is skilful, as with Sander’s (which spends time on its lees), it offers personality and elegance. Although only moderately acidic it’s still a refreshing, crisp white with an enchanting nose of pear, gooseberry and quince notes and some light spice on the palate.