White - Sweet/Dessert

1983 Fürstlich Castell'sches Domänenamt Casteller Schlossberg Silvaner Eiswein

Silvaner

  • Germany
  • Franken

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  • NickBurwood Likes this wine: 94 points

    August 9, 2015 - So expected this (one of a pair of half bottles) to be shot that had a substitute lined up. The last two bottles (opened over ten years ago) had been badly off. Bocksbeutel opened 2.5hrs before consumption and recorked after testing.
    Colour; a golden ruddy brown (see picture) and an aroma of baked apple/pears and toffee. In the mouth immensely viscous, burnt caramel, intensely sweet but not honeyed with a core of pear drop fruit and pectic acidity that brings balance. Very long and complex.
    This was wonderful in its youth, but now is certainly the oldest silvaner I've ever drunk and the biggest surprise from my collection in many a year. Nonetheless, drink up with a substitute at the ready just in case!

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  • sweetstuff commented:

    11/18/17, 6:41 PM - There were actually two Eisweine produced in this Schlossberg vineyard in 1983. The first was the drier, AP 24 84, and was sold in half-bottles in Europe. The other, the later pick, actually days later, was bottled in 750s and sent to the United States, and had higher residual sugar. It was the AP 44 84. This will need sorting out. Some of this wine went to the West Coast and some to Michigan--the Michigan product seems not to have been well-stored and may not be in as good a condition. Of course this bottling is interesting because we may get a chance to see how well Silvaner does as a long-term ager as an Eiswein, in the very vineyard where it was first brought to Germany from Austria several hundred years ago.

    I'm going to open one bottle of several of the West Coast version I bought at auction of the AP 44 soon and the notes can be compared. There will of course need to be two different monographs for these two different wines. Source of this information can be found in the Wiki section of the entry. Inclusion of bottle size was crucial here-thanks for the detail, Nickburwood.

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