Muschelkalk | German-language term for a tertiary era (the Trias period, 220 million years ago) shell limestone rich in ancient marine fossils, a calcareous-clayey marl, soil type described by Tom Stevenson as often used when discussing wines in Alsace, Muschelkalk is a stratigraphic name for the Middle Triassic [245 million years ago] period and can mean anything from sandstone (shelly, dolomitic, calcareous, clayey, pink, yellow, or millstone) to marl (varicoloured or fissile) dolomite, limestone (crinoidal or grey), and shingle.’

Wineries

Certified Biodynamic | Weingut Dr Wehrheim (Pfalz, Germany).

Bibliography

Tom Stevenson (2011) The Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia 5th Edition by Tom Stevenson (Dorling Kindersley, 2011), p19.