Anders Frederik Steen - When I Was Small, I Wasn't Big
Vineyard Size: 0.60 hectares
Soil: clay, limestone Average
Age of Vines: 50 years
Farming: organic, biodynamic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: direct press, spontaneous fermentation in fiberglass with indigenous yeasts
Aging: in old barrels
Added S02: none
100% Gewürztraminer. The directly pressed juice oxidized 24 hours in open cuves and afterwards directly into a fiber cuve. After sautirage the 31st of May 2017, the wine aged in old barrique. Bottled the 2nd of May 2019. 14.5% alc.
Tasting Notes: Pear, Lemon, Thyme
About the Winemaker:
Anders Frederik Steen makes wine from “grapes and only grapes”. He’s been doing this since 2013. Anders and his family have now settled in the beautiful village of Valvignères in the Ardèche and he grows grapes and makes wine at his friends Jocelyne & Gérald Oustric’s farm, Le Mazel. It is a beautiful spot on the slope of a wide, open valley and the many varieties grown here thrive on a perfect mix of clay and limestone. The vineyards are full of life, having been tended organically for decades.
Anders’ wines are made from red grapes which are either pressed directly or destemmed by hand and white grapes pressed directly in a beautiful old wooden press. Any blending is done during the harvest and the different varieties always ferment together, spontaneously, outside under the open sky. The wines are bottled unfiltered, with no additions and are thoughtful, original expressions of this part of the Ardèche.