Sybille Kuntz Mosel Riesling Orange 2018, Germany

The Sybille Kuntz Estate is one of the very few wineries in Europe to have a woman Chairman and chief winemaker. Sybille has spearheaded herself to the top of Riesling production in the traditional male-dominated German wine industry. The Estate is in its 30th year, and has gained prominence and critical acclaim for their refined-drier style of Riesling. Their farming and vinification practices have been practicing organic since 1990, and in 2013 they achieved “Bio-Weingut” organic certification and then certified biodynamic three years later. At Sybille Kuntz, the average age of the vines are 45-80 years old, and the yields are always strictly reduced to 50 – 60 hl/ha. “The grapes are harvested without Botrytis berries with sugar readings of 85° – 95° Oechsle in the second week of October. We crush and de-stem them into an open vat. Here they skin ferment and marcerate for 6 weeks. After pressing we age the orange wine in old 1000 l Fuder barrels for another 6 months. Then we bottle with no prior filtration and no sulfur additon at any stage of the process.” Winemaker’s Notes