2020 Schlossmuhlenhof "Pinke Pinke" Rheinhessen

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Founded in 1846 and now tended by the sixth generation since, the Schlossmühlenhof property is a large estate spread across the slopes above Kettenheim, just a few km south of the town Alzey. Nicolas Michel is crafting characterful wines with a clear acknowledgment of the Rheinhessen tradition, but more in step with the youthful energy of the next generation of winemakers. This is a playful blend of white and red grapes — müller-thurgau (an aromatic cross between riesling and the table grape madeleine royal), sankt laurent (a red grape in the pinot family more often seen in Austria), and gelber muskateller (aka muscat blanc a petits grains—the oldest known variety of muscat, very little plantings still in Germany). The grapes undergo whole cluster maceration for 24hrs followed by spontaneous fermentation lasting six weeks in stainless steel and the wine spends five months on lees before bottling unfiltered. Delightfully fun and refreshing, this zippy pink wine is the one to have chilled and ready for that spontaneous afternoon picnic. Grab some crackers and cheese, a tin of smoked trout, and a pint of strawberries. Nibble, sip, and bask in the warmer weather!

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