Elbling Trocken, Hild

Elbling Trocken, Hild - 2022

Item # 44401 750mL

The joy of Elbling is the uncompromising vigor and energy, the raucous and super-chalky acidity. This mineral aspect comes from the limestone soils (not slate!) that you find in the upper Mosel Valley It is here where the Elbling grape thrives and is revered not as some mystical grape but more as an honest grape that makes delicious white wine. Matthias Hild, who farms about five hectares in the sleepy town of Wincheringen, is a winemaker drumming to his own beat as he saves some of the old, terraced parcels of Elbling.

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