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Grape/Varietal : Silvaner Color : White
Origin : Germany Bottle Size : 75cl
Region : Pfalz ABV : 12%
Vintage : 2018 Natural Factor: Biodynamic, Skin Contact


Wine Insight

Weingut Odinstal is a Biodynamic winery in Wachenheim an der Weinstrasse, in the Pfalz region of Germany. It is located in Wachenheimer Odinstal which is the highest einzellage (named single vineyard site) in the Pfalz (350 metres). 

Odinstal covers a total area of 20 hectares (49 acres), of which 7 hectares (17.3 acres) roughly consists of a mixed forest, and a quarter each consists of orchards and vineyards. The vineyard area totals 5.5 hectares (13.5 acres), located in the Odinstal einzellage (hence the name of the estate). The area is planted with the following white varieties: Riesling, Silvaner, Pinot Blanc, Auxerrois and Gewürztraminer. Soils of basalt (Riesling), Buntsandstein (Riesling) and Muschelkalk (Silvaner).

1989 Went organic. 2006 First trials with Biodynamics. 2008 The Biodynamic work becomes more serious, with Biodynamic preparations being made on site. Teas are prepared and sprayed directly rather than being made first as concentrates later diluted with water. They are sprayed over the vines so “the whole field” gets the tea. All of the wild plants needed to make the plant-based Biodynamic Preparations (yarrow, chamomile, stinging nettle, oak bark, dandelion and valerian grow at Odinstal but valerian is the weakest, possibly because the “warmth forces” are already strongly present due to the nature of the underlying soil, which is basalt soil. Charollais cows graze the pasture.

The style results from the philosophy of bringing as little outside input into the system as possible. Accordingly, all wines ferment spontaneously without temperature control and also undergo spontaneous acid reduction. Tannin structure comes from co-fermented grapes and stems. The wines remain unsulphured on the full lees for a long time and are usually only minimally filtered before being bottled with very little sulphur. The resulting style is not loud, the fruit restrained. Instead, the wines are gripping and long.

The vine material for the Silvaner [Nakt] comes from an uncut vineyard. Fermentation takes place with skins and pips in wooden barrels and amphorae. The amphorae are buried in the ground for this purpose. cloudy straw yellow. citrus notes, herbs, fine mineral notes, some apple and pear. slightly frizzante, fresh, mineral, lively acidity, light bitter notes in the finish.

Pairs Well With:
Apple & Spice Pork Tenderloin

Sounds Like:
William Orbit - Water from a vine leaf