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Riesling 2008

Bottling date :
February 2010
Alcohol :
12.5°
Residual sugar :
6.0 g/l
Total Acidity :
5.3 g/l H2SO4
pH :
3.1
Yield :
85 hl/ha
Optimum drinking period :
2010-2018
Average age of the vines :
29 years
Terroir :
Gravelly-silt on valley floor and calcareous hillsides
Indice :
1

Description :

September 2008 was a very dry month, with nice temperatures but cool nights. The Riesling grape in general on our estate ripened ideally for a long time, but never went into over ripeness. Perfect health, vibrant acidity and good phenolic ripeness mean that the Rieslings are dry, nervous, very mineral and racy in 2008. This wine mostly originates from Gravely soils from the Herrenweg vineyard located in the warm village of Turckheim, but we also added some richer Limestone vineyards to complete the cask. This explains why it opens quickly in its youth, showing attractive fruity flavours, but if kept for a few years, it will also develop serious minerality. Our aim was to be able to harvest an elegant potentially dry Riesling. Not having any noble rot developing was a serious help, as the richness didn’t skyrocket as time passed. The fermentation was quite lazy, which explains the later bottling date, but eventually the yeast managed to transform most of the sweetness.


Tasting Notes :

11/2009: still on its fine lees, but already showing classic vibrant Riesling aromas, full of fresh flowers, wet stones and a hint of minerals. The palate is elegant, harmonious, feels completely dry and finished on a refreshing acidity. Exactly what this Riesling should be!

2/2010: now bottled, this wine has opened up towards more citrus fruit and delicate aromatics. Of course, the long lees contact still impacts this wine that will gradually open up towards summer. The palate shows an easy crisp character that just begs for some light fish, salad courses…