Once upon a time
More than 200 years ago, the Stahl family takes over the mixed agricultural farm in Auernhofen, very close to Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
30 ha on the Tauber, Main and Steigerwald
Sonnenstuhl Chardonnay 2020 – Deep and ripe, yet incredibly precise, this is a very concentrated and vibrant Chardonnay that has beautiful integration of fruit and oak, the fruit aromas ranging from pineapple to gooseberry via candied lemon, the flinty note energizing all of this. Very long, intense and pure finish that has electric freshness. Drink or hold.
Sonnenstuhl Chardonnay Grande Réserve 2020: I remember Grand Cru white Burgundies of the 1980s and early 1990s tasting like this when they were young, with a similar combination of focus, drive and enormous vitality. Still too young, but the energy and minerality are off the scale, the finish charging off into the distance, yet possessing seamless harmony. Currently, the fruit character (candied lemon and orange) only shows itself right at the finish, but it’s very early days. Drinkable now, but best from 2024.
Steinmauer Chenin Blanc 2020: One of the first serious German Chenin Blancs, this proves the potential of the variety, at least on the stony, chalky soils of the Franken region. Complex nose of dried pear and herbs with a hint of smoke. Powerful and remarkably concentrated for young vines, this is very mineral with a long finish that’s dangerously bright. Drink or hold.
Felswand Sauvignon Blanc 2020: A serious Sauvignon Blanc that’s only just beginning to open up. Very complex nose of curry leaf, preserved lemon and mango chutney. Powerful and concentrated, the touch of oak beautifully integrated in this kaleidoscopic package. So much drive and depth at the imposing yet vibrant finish. Drink or hold.
The perfect wine for every occasion
The goal is the goal
As a winemaker and chef, I always have in mind the best combination of aromas. The chef’s experience transforms the production of wines with strong character and individuality, because it sharpens the senses and trains the world of taste.
Each wine, with its own variety of subtle flavors, is a perfect companion – during the day or in the evening, for a menu sequence or a meal for two.
My tip: The proof of the pudding is in the eating. Keep calm and try. Just like in life. Cheers!
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