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Gewurztraminer Calcaire 2010

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Gewurztraminer Calcaire 2010

Bottling date :
March 2012
Alcohol :
14.5°
Residual sugar :
13.4 g/l
Total Acidity :
4.6 g/l H2S04
pH :
3.6
Yield :
18 hl/ha
Optimum drinking period :
2013-2025+
Average age of the vines :
27 years
Terroir :
Oligocene calcareous, facing West, severe slope and Oolithic calcareous facing East. Gentle slope
Indice :
1

Description :

In 2010, the harvest of both our Gewurztraminer from the 30 years old vines from Hengst and the entire Goldert was so small following the bad flowering (and hail in Hengst) that we decided to blend the two together into this label. Both vineyards are located on calcareous soils and are capable of producing very interesting wines. The limestone effect is recognizable on the nose (less floral, rose/geranium scents) and on the palate (more acidity and spicy character). The 2010 Calcaire fermented over a year and eventually finished almost dry. The Calcaire label will be used in the future for the Gueberschwihr wines and any declassified limestone vineyard on the estate.


Tasting Notes :

3/2012: the nose is already quite intense, showing complex floral aromas (old English roses) and lots of spices (nutmeg, saffron, cloves…). There is still a slight reductive fermentation character due to the long lees contact this wine had. The nose announces a wine that can be quite sweet, but the palate actually comes as a surprise because it feels drier than expected. Despite the rich structure, it is a wine that has a delicate and elegant mouth-feel. This wine will be excellent with medium spicy food dishes.