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Gewurztraminer Roche Roulée 2018

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Gewurztraminer Roche Roulée 2018

Bottling date :
August 2019
Alcohol :
14.5°
Residual sugar :
9 g/l
Total Acidity :
2.5 g/l H2SO4 / (3.7 g/l Tartaric)
pH :
3.80
Yield :
60 hl/ha
Optimum drinking period :
2020-2028
Average age of the vines :
71 years
Terroir :
Gravely soil on valley floor
Indice :
2

Description :

This wine is made from all the very old Gewurztraminer vines planted in the Turckheim/Herrenweg vineyards. Some of these vineyards are also located in the richest part of the valley floor, where the gravels are mixed with by richer silt. With deeper roots and richer soils available to them, these vines didn’t suffer from drought. The ripeness progressed quickly in 2018. Gewurztraminer is a wine that can surprisingly ferment fast, which is handy, as a higher pH would expose these wines to more problems if the fermentation would last too long. The 2018 grapes were beautiful and healthy.


Tasting Notes :

4/2020: Bright yellow colour. The nose is classic with an expressive and strong expressive floral character, nice spices, yet delicate and complex. The palate is harmonious, there is a slight roundness well balanced by ripe tannins. Nice length, serious finish with a fresh aftertaste. Beautiful classic Gewurztraminer.


Awards :

Wine Enthusiast - 93
James Suckling - 93
6 Nov, 2020 – This smells literally like a beautiful bouquet of roses and it has a great balance, thanks to the fine tannins (this grape can have ugly tannins!) and the way they neatly counterpoint the full body and hint of sweetness. Almost dry finish and no perceptible alcohol, in spite of being 14.5%. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink now.
Vinous - 92
The 2018 Gewurztraminer Roche Roulée is quite a bit drier than the Roche Calcaire tasted next to it. The candied orange peel and passion fruit flavors are a bit more overt, but the wine retains terrific tension and energy to balance things out. The Roche Roulée has a real sense of structure to it that will work beautifully at the dinner table. It is a blend of valley floor sites in Turckheim and Herrenweg.