The Wine: Silvaner Weißer 2017
Helmut Dolde Silvaner Weißer 2017 is a superb white wine made from 100% sustainably farmed Silvaner grapes grown in the Swabian Jura region of Baden, Southern Germany. The wine is vibrant with acidity, white fruit, and mountain flowers. Crisp and refreshing, Helmut Dolde Silvaner Weißer 2017 is a mesmerizing wine.
The Producer: Helmut Dolde
In the shadow of a fairytale castle, at elevations up to 530 meters above sea level, Helmut and Hedwig Dolde grow Silvaner, Pinots (Noir and Blanc), Riesling and a few other random varieties with integrity and care in some of the most exciting terroirs we have seen for years: Weiße Jura (aka marne blanche) and some small plots of volcanic soils in and around the villages of Linsenhofen and Neuffen (that takes its name from the imposing castle that dominates the area), and Braune Jura soils on the promising and yet depressingly underutilized slopes around nearby Metzingen.
They also make insane ciders (apple and black pear), and the purest wild fruit distillates we have ever experienced (Helmut’s uncle is a dab hand with a still) — all from a domaine little larger than a larger than average postage stamp.
The region may be known locally of the Swabian Jura, but tasting in the Dolde's cellars tends to put us more in mind of the Sound of Music. These delicious drinks epitomize what “mountain wines” mean for us. Pure as a stream in a high meadows, they invigorate, refresh, and we keep coming back for more.
The Region: Swabian Jura