The Frauenberg vineyard sits at an altitude of up to 280 metres in the southern landscape of Wonnegau, north of Hohen-Sülzen, facing Flörsheim. The first documented mention of this exposed site, which formerly belonged to a nunnery, dates back to 1290. With slopes of up to 40%, the terroir is characterised by limestone gravel and pure limestone rock. In this barren environment, the vines must have the courage to root deeply in order to reach the minerals and defy nature's resistance, heat and cool winds. Manual harvesting of the grapes, stringent selection, spontaneous fermentation and ageing in single and double barrels are evidence of meticulous craftsmanship.
An enticing medium straw yellow characterises the appearance of this wine.
Although still quite young, this noble growth from the Frauenberg unfolds a rich bouquet of intense notes of smoke and ash, crushed lime and damp gravel. Aromas of lichen and kitchen herbs join in, as do nuances of hops and apple peel, fine ginger and tobacco. Fruity accents manifest themselves only in the form of kumquats and their peel.
On the palate, the Frauenberg reveals itself as a powerful wine, full of pressure and equipped with a lush acidity that indicates a long maturation period. Juicy, with a dark, earthy spiciness, citrus fruit nuances and a spicy finish. Extract, a certain bitterness and a lively minerality provide striking fixed points on the palate. This young wine will certainly benefit from time and airing.
Try this great wine with red tuna carpaccio, spiced with ginger and accompanied by a pinch of mirin and a creamy artichoke mousse. If you like it more exotic, enjoy it with sashimi. An alternative with meat is guinea fowl, served with chickpeas, spicy chorizo, a touch of piment d'Espelette and crunchy almonds.
Winery Spanier-Gillot GbR, Bahnhofstrasse 33, 67591 Hohen-Sülzen/Rheinhessen / Germany, organic certificate: DE-ÖKO-039