Weingut Hans Wirsching Iphofer Julius-Echter-Berg Silvaner Grosses Gewachs 2016  Front Label
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Weingut Hans Wirsching Iphofer Julius-Echter-Berg Silvaner Grosses Gewachs 2016

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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

This Silvaner has an intense bouquet and a full body. At the moment it is still a bit closed in taste, but already presents an astonishing range of flavors: Fine hints of yellow fruits, spicy aroma and a clear and distinctive mineral tone, very typical for our Silvaner, making this wine a true indulgence. In comparison to its preceding vintage of 2015 it features a cool elegance and finesse.

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WE 94
Wine Enthusiast
While juicy and richly textured, there's plenty of zip and vibe in this dry, deeply satisfying white. Crisp pear and green plum flavors are concentrated and fresh, finishing on zesty notes of lemon peel and crushed stone. Drinks beautifully now, but it's concentrated enough to improve through 2040 and will likely hold much longer.
WS 92
Wine Spectator
An extremely elegant example, with an expressive palate, this offers floral notes and slightly honeyed flavors of passion fruit and tangerine, all balanced by intense, racy acidity. Hints of tarragon and saline mineral show on the clean finish. Drink now through 2027.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Silvaner Iphöfer Julius-Echter-Berg (VDP.Grosse Lage) opens intensely fruity and herbal on the fine and elegant nose, with minty notes and yeasty aromas. Fresh and elegant on the palate, this is a medium to full-bodied, very mineral and tightly structured JEB with grip and tension and a long and ascetic finish. This seems to be somewhat sweeter than the gorgeous 2017, but it's still closed and will benefit from being aerated or some years of cellar aging.
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Weingut Hans Wirsching, Germany

Weingut Hans Wirsching is one of the largest privately owned family estates in Germany, situated in the picturesque medieval town of Iphofen in Franconia, 1.4 hours east of Frankfurt. Now in its 14th generation, the Wirsching family with CEO Andrea Wirsching produces 37,000 cases on 225 acres of vineyards. They focus on Silvaner (40%), the signature grape of the Franconian wine area. 20% of their vineyards are planted with Riesling, the classical German grape, and 7% with Scheurebe, a fruity grape with aromas like Sauvignon Blanc.

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