Franken Silvaner tasting

Wines from the Franken region of Germany do not appear too often in Ireland – the principal reason being that most of them are drunk by the Germans themselves!  The Silvaner grape is believed to have originated in Central Europe but nowadays its spiritual home is in Franken with occasional appearances in Rheinhessen and Alsace.

During this tasting we will sample 12 dry examples of this grape variety (2 Kabinett Trocken with the remaining 10 being Spätlese Trocken or Grosses Gewächs).  These are truly dry wines as “Trocken” in Franken requires less than 4 g/l residual sugar.  The wines will come from the most famous sites such as Iphöfer Julius-Echter-Berg, Escherndorfer Lump, Casteller Schlossberg and Homburger Kallmuth.  Producers will include Horst Sauer, Juliusspital, Fürst Löwenstein (a 3 vintage mini-vertical of the famous Homburger Kallmuth site), Johann Ruck and Castell’sches Domänenamt.

We will finish up with 3 sweeter wines – an Auslese, an Eiswein and a Trockenbeerenauslese, all from the renowned Escherndorfer Lump site where Horst Sauer has established a reputation as the “Silvaner Wizard” of German wine.

This represents a once-off opportunity to comprehensively sample a grape variety which exists outside the mainstream.  If you like Riesling, Chablis and Chenin Blanc i.e. grapes/wines which transmit minerality and terroir effects then you should, at least, find this tasting interesting and may even end up as another closet Silvaner lover (it sneaks up on you!).

Places are limited to 15 people (the sweeter wines come in 50-cl bottles) and the tasting will take place upstairs at O’Briens, 149 Upper Rathmines Road, on Wednesday 3 December 2008 at 7.15 pm (nearest Luas stop is Cowper).  The cost is €35 per person and cheques should be made payable to David Rorke and sent to:

David Rorke, 75 Fairways, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14

I can be contacted by e-mail ( or by call/text to 086 6040456.

PS  Don’t forget to bring your tasting glasses!

Note: Although this is being e-mailed to Dipso members, this is not a Dipso tasting per se and you run the risk of being exposed to other wine anoraks!


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