We now have two little vineyards planted with Gewurztraminer in the Rangen vineyard. Both, quite closed to each other, are located directly above the river Thur that runs only a few yards from the first vines. This river plays an important role in the development of noble rot and is a source of heat. The volcanic soil of the Rangen has a powerful influence on the Gewurztraminer grape, as it is capable to diminish the varietal character of the wine and also the aromatic impact of the noble rot. The 2010 was harvest with a fair amount of noble, but it doesn’t really show on the wine, except perhaps on the increase of acidity due to the rot concentration effect. The fermentation was over in 4 months and the wine has a classic balance.
3/2012: the nose is incredibly marked by the vineyard strong character. There is lots of smoke, flint and strong lees character. This wine has yet to open up. The palate is powerful, intense and very long. The good acid balance brings some elements of freshness and helps to hide the alcohol and tannins. More Rangen than Gewurztraminer, this wine will go through time very slowly.