Dolde Weißer Jura Neuffener Riesling 2018
Helmut’s magic touch extends to Riesling, which he harnesses here in its most lush and saline form. The freshness of marne blanche marries with the body and minerality of brown marl to create a wine that screams for marine life. A supremely food friendly wine that is begging for—if not a plateau de fruits de mer—at the very least, an oyster.
Style: White Wine
Sub-Region or Appellation: Württemberg
Viticulture: Uncertified by any authority, Helmut Dolde is guided by his dedication to caring for the wild, alpine terroir he wants to preserve for future generations. Helmut eschews the organic movement—because it allows the use of copper sulfates—and focuses instead on leaving the soil in a better condition than he found it. A former scientist, he’s constantly experimenting with synthetics that do less harm and are more biodegradable than treatments allowed under certain organic certifications.
Age of Vines: 15 years old
Soils: Calcareous marl with pebbles of limestone and clay (known in Burgundy as marne blanche) formed by corals and marine life that thrived in the sea toward the end of the Jurassic period.
Elevation: 700 feet
Vinification: Fermented in stainless steel (90%) and used barrels (10%)
Aging: Aged 6 months on lees in steel tanks