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Pinot Gris 2008

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Pinot Gris 2008

Bottling date :
February 2010
Alcohol :
15.5°
Residual sugar :
12.0 g/l
Total Acidity :
4.2 g/l H2SO4
pH :
3.5
Yield :
59 hl/ha
Optimum drinking period :
2010-2021+
Average age of the vines :
17 years
Terroir :
Gravelly soil on valley floor
Indice :
2

Description :

This wine is made mostly from all our grapes from the Herrenweg vineyard blended with a few of our other vineyards in order to top up the cask. Like the other grape varieties coming from this gravely soil, Herrenweg did very well in 2008. The climate allowed great ripening while also helped to retain acidity levels usually only seen in our best calcareous vineyards. We expected this wine to ferment well, but it kept a huge sweetness for a very long time, to our despair! During the 2009 fermentations, we injected in the Pinot Gris cask the fermenting gases (made of CO2 and yeasts) from the neighbouring cask that was fermenting at rocket speed. The result was quite amazing, it woke up this wine and it went through the fermentation process in a few weeks!

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Tasting Notes :

3/2010: the colour shows the extra ripeness: beautiful gold. The nose is powerful and intense, with lots of nutty flavours, cocoa (slight noble rot) and ripe white fruits (peach, pears). The palate feels much drier than the nose or the analysis would suggest. It is big and bold, but with very firm acidity. The wine eventually develops interesting stony flavours. This is a very complex ‘varietal’ wine! It will go perfectly with most poultry dishes, veal, and of course many Asian style dishes.