Domaine Zind Humbrecht Goldert Gewürztraminer 2004
|Region||France, Alsace, Gueberschwihr|
|Brand||Domaine Zind Humbrecht|
The Goldert Grand Cru is located on the discreet East facing hillside on the north of the village of Gueberschwihr. In the past, growers used to say that you should see the old Roman church tower from the best part of the vineyard. The quality of the marl calcareous mother is reason why this vineyard is capable to produce regularly high quality aromatic wines. It gives the structure and elevates the aromatic Gewurztraminer to more complex aromatics. In 2008, the grapes started to develop some noble rot, not enough to justify stricter selections, but it did influence the richness of the wine. Of all the wines made in Alsace, Gewurztraminer is actually quite unique and perhaps one the most difficult to make. It cannot stand high yields and can turn vulgar if harvested too early. A longer ripening period may lower a little the acidity level, but guarantees more subtle flavours. The fermentation of this later picked Gewurz was lazy and stopped with some well integrated residual sweetness.
Classic varietal markers of rose, lychee, grapefruit and spice mingle in this intense white. Opulent and oily, yet balanced. The flavors pulse through the long finish, with a resonant aftertaste of mineral and spice.