Hild - Elbling Trocken 2021 (750ml)


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Producer Hild
Country Germany
Region Mosel
Varietal Elbling
Vintage 2021
Size 750ml

Hild Description

You’ve probably never heard of the “upper Mosel". I really hadn’t either, aside from mildly derogatory remarks made in passing. Some of this derision is probably deserved: the upper Mosel has had a long tradition of selling grapes en masse to cooperatives interested in high yields, irrespective of quality. However, this is also a fascinating place, a vision of the Mosel that has nothing to do with Riesling or slate. Here we find limestone (this is the beginning of the Paris Basin, the geological reality that informs places like Chablis and Sancerre) and a winemaking culture based on one of Europe’s oldest grapes: Elbling. Matthias Hild farms 5ha in the upper Mosel doing something that makes almost zero financial sense: saving old, terraced parcels of Elbling. In this area, however, it’s important to understand Elbling is something of a religion. It’s a culture, a regional dialect that is spoken through this wine of rigorous purity, of joyous simplicity, of toothsome acidity. Even at its best, Elbling is not a grape of “greatness” as much as it is a grape of refreshment and honesty and conviviality. The comparisons are plenty, though none of them are quite right: If Riesling is Pinot Noir, then Elbling is Gamay. If Riesling is Chenin Blanc, then Elbling is Muscadet. You get the idea. The joy of Elbling is its raucous acidity, the vigor and energy, the fact that it is so low in alcohol you could probably drink a bottle and still operate heavy machinery.

Wine Notes: Vine age:30-60 years old, 70+ years old for Zehnkommanull (including 100 vines planted before WWII -some of oldest Elbling vines in the Mosel) vineyard work:Lutte raisonée - no insecticides, pesticides or herbicides, tillage in the vineyard is reduced to help form a natural biomass that increases the health of the soil. Elbling trocken and Zehnkommanull are all hand-picked. The Elbling Sekt brut is partially hand-picked. vinification:The Elbing trocken and Zehnkommanull go through a 21-day cold fermentation (14-18 C) in stainless steel. Both wines then go through malolactic fermentation before bottling. 

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