Schlossmühlenhof farms their twenty-hectare estate in the Rheinhessen organically. For this Müller-Thurgau, the skins stay in contact with the juice for about eight hours, giving it tannins and edge. Fermentation proceeds with ambient cultures, and the wine is aged for five months in stainless steel. Only a few hundred cases are made.
It’s lightly cloudy with a leesy sediment the color of beach sand. It smells like herbs, salt, pineapple, apricots, quince paste, and lager. It has a light-hearted attitude, almost spritzy but not quite, the fruit presenting within a rough grid that reads like bitter apple skin macerated with wet earth. Not in a bad way.
It has more heft than most Müller-Thurgau. Try it with potato whatever: mashed, roasted, stuffed, or fried. Also good with traditional German foods and alpine cheeses.
2019 Schlossmühlenhof Müller-Thurgau Trocken Boden Funk Landwein
12.5% ABV | $18; imported by Savio Soares Selections