Stefan Vetter • Himmelslücke • 2018

Stefan Vetter • Himmelslücke • 2018

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Stephen, the man behind VomBoden is a hero and unparalleled writer, so, I'll let him break this one down:

 

“Himmelslücke” translates to a “piece of heaven.” Always one of the most finessed, lightest and finest wines Vetter makes this is a treatise in mineral water and stone. The “Himmelslücke” is another higher-altitude parcel, at the top of the hill of terraced vineyards, close to the forest’s edge. Limestone soils here are dominant and the wine is always one of the saltiest, most lithe and graceful of Stefan’s.  It is a wine of precision and clarity and cut. Green apples and waxy, resinous garden notes with cut stones. This is normally one of the first harvests of the year; Stefan is looking for that moment when the acids turn, yet are still nearly on the verge of greenness.

The 2018 is SUPERB – brilliant minerality, salty quinine… texture and poise and freshness – 10.5% wildly complicated pepper and spice and resin. Absolutely perfect on the palate. The fruit is more integrated than on the 2019, actually. Just a little angry and hard edged in all the right ways."

 

Franken, GER/Sylvaner