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Franzen 2016 Riesling "Zeit"

“Zeit” means “time” and this wine fermented, spontaneously, for over a year before it could not go further and ended with 16 grams/L residual sugar and 7.6 acidity. The label showcases an old photo of the Clamont vineyard, from which all the grapes in this wine harken, but it also is a reminder of a time with this kind of élevage was normal. Kilian explains that “every year, one tank takes forever, and what can we do? We wait and wait and if it doesn’t get dry, it must be where the wine wants to be.” It’s richly textured, leesy, but also crunchy with apples, honeydew and pink peppercorn spice. It’s a throwback wine to former times, but it’s also a fresh and intriguing offering from the Franzens.

  • 2016
  • Riesling
  • QbA
  • Germany
  • Mosel Terraces
  • Bremmer Calmont
  • South, southeast
  • Red Devonian Slate and Quartzite
  • Stainless steel
  • Stainless steel
  • 11%
  • 7.6 g/L
  • 16 g/L
  • 21.5 g/L
  • Yes
  • 750 ml
  • White
  • 816804020065
  • $32.00