Schätzel QuerKopf Silvaner 2017
Depending on the assignment of an AP number or not, this wine is only called Querkopf Silvaner or Nackenheimer Silvaner without the addition Quererkopf. And as such, it is both a prototype and a pioneer. Kai wanted to push the limits of natural processes. The wine had to wait a full six days for fermentation. Kicked, mashed, stood under dry ice for six days to compensate for the lack of alcohol sweetness through phenolics and tannin structure. The wine has seen no sulfur and of course it is unfiltered. A very small amount of sugar has finished fermenting in the bottle. The process is similar to the PetNat method, only that it is much less residual sugar and therefore almost no pressure is built up. There is only a protective, natural carbonic acid. The wine under the screw cap is fresh and protected against oxidation. This extreme approach also leads to clearly grave, peeled notes on the nose. It is no coincidence that there are quite a few similarities with well-known Michael Teschke here at Kai Schätzel. Under the whole phenolics of this Silvaner, however, over time, crystal clear Silvaner comes through. The scalyness takes a back seat. The mineral comes through. Very flowery and also very stony. This wine, coming from this special location from the red stone, also becomes a natural wine. This Silvaner is so loud in the mouth, so loud. Almost red fruity, I guess plums, cranberries and red currants. Immense length in this stony salinity. The wine has just under 11% alcohol, but it gets its fullness from this really explosive Silvaner fruit, which I have never tried in this red-fruity, massive way. A great natural wine. In the same league as Scheurebe. There is also only 400 bottles of total production of this wine. A real rarity. If this is still too wild and extremely "naturally winey" for now, Kai advises us and we should be patient, the wine should mature properly, because it can do it mercilessly well. I was allowed to try Kai's first crosshead from 2012 ... Potz Blitz will be good with maturity!