Grüner Silvaner, or just Silvaner, was once the most planted variety in Germany. Today, it doesn’t even rank in the top five. It currently sits in sixth position behind Riesling, Müller-Thurgau, Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir), Dornfelder and Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris).
Klaus-Peter Keller’s Trocken Grüner Silvaner makes a good argument for the wine to move up a rung or two. As with any Keller wine, there is purity and typicity.
The fruit is sourced from Keller’s GG (Grosses Gewächs, or Grand Cru) vineyards in Bürgel in the village of Dalsheim in Rheinhessen. This classic terroir is very well sheltered and sits in a south-facing position. The highly permeated Terra Fusca soils contain high levels of lime, giving the wine that characteristic minerality and mouthwatering acidity.
Situated to the north of Nieder-Flörsheim, Flörsheim-Dalsheim (in the municipality of Dalsheim Bürgel) is located in the south-west of Germany near the border with Alsace.