The Rolly Gassmann Sylvaner Reserve is a vibrant pale yellow, with delicate white flower and nutty aromas. One the palate, rich grapey flavours, bolstered by a touch of residual sugar, are balanced by a taut acidity and saline character. Approachable for drinking now, this wine will also keep for another decade or more.
The grapes for this wine come from parcels planted on clay, marl and limestone soils in the commune of Rorschwihr. All 21 different types of limestone known in the world can be found in the soils of this village, and the sub-soil there is similarly diverse. These soils, and the particular climate of the sites were discovered by the monks who first made wine here over 400 years ago, and today some of their methods are still used; vineyard activity is carried out based on the position of the moon and stars, with grape maturity and picking determined by the ripeness of the pips, as well as the skins. Organic and biodynamic practices are used to manage the vineyards, although they are not certified.Traditional vinification, with an 8 to 12 hours gentle pressing before fermentation using indigenous yeasts. For this wine, fermentation lasted for around four months, following which it spent around two months on lees. It was then aged in a combination of large, used oak barrels and stainless steel until the autumn.