The Rotenberg vineyard was acquired by the Zind family a long time ago. The cool, higher altitude red calcareous soil always allowed the pinot grapes to express delicacy and subtle fruity aromas. As Alsace warms up, these less sunny sites become real gems. They allow the grapes to mature slowly while keeping good acidity. The 2007 Rotenberg was on its way to become a late harvest or SGN wine. We decided not to wait too late to harvest it so the wine would not end up too sweet and, mostly, keep this 2007 classic delicacy. Of course, we always under-estimate the potential of such vineyards, and despite the relatively low amount of noble rot, this wine reached a high ripeness.
12/2008: the nose is today in between a very serious mineral, stony calcareous type aromas and very fruity (peach/apricots) expression, slightly influenced by some noble rot. The palate is ultra classic for this vineyard, showing great acidity, capable to cover up the sweetness like no other vineyard, and delicate smoky/earthy aromas. This isn’t perhaps the fruitiest Rotenberg style on the palate, but 2007 is a very ‘mineral’ vintage, and it shows on the intensity of the finish.