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The Castell family owns 70 hectares of the finest franconian vineyard sides. The majority is the white variety Silvaner. The terroir is characterized by a continental climate and gypsum skeuper soil, which gives the wines their spicy, strong note.
Following a dry winter and spring time the shooting of the vines started already in April, but it was suddenly disrupted by night frost up to minus 6° C in April. At the end of August an early crop could be envisaged, and indeed they started harvesting the early varieties already on September 7, very early compared to the preceding years.
Specialty vines of the princely vineyards in close vicinity of the village Castell. Sandy clay soil with sand stone inclusions.
Single bow. Selective hand-picking beginning of October. Ripening level 95° Oechsle. Fermentation in temperature controlled modern stainless steel tanks, left on fine yeast for approx. 3 month