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Riesling Clos Windsbuhl 2011


Riesling Clos Windsbuhl 2011

Bottling date :
February 2012
Alcohol :
Residual sugar :
4.3 g/l
Total Acidity :
4.4 g/l H2S04
pH :
Yield :
50 hl/ha
Optimum drinking period :
Average age of the vines :
37 years
Terroir :
Muschelkalk calcareous (Trias), facing South-East, medium/steep slope
Indice :

Description :

The Windsbuhl was the last vineyard to complete flowering in 2011, so it is no surprise that it was the last Riesling harvested on the estate. A late bud break or flowering is the result of a cooler local climate (Windsbuhl is closed to the forest and higher in altitude), and an even later harvest is the result of a cooler soil (limestone). It is always quite intriguing to see, almost every vintage, how the Riesling remains healthy and the other grapes (Pinot-Gris and Gewurztraminer) catch the noble rot. This allows for a perfect ripeness, but still within reach of making dry wines.

Tasting Notes :

2/2013: extremely delicate mineral nose. Light touch of toasty/burnt lees, but then it opens up on vibrant citrus and white fruits. The palate has a smooth mineral delicate structure, but quickly firms up around the acidity. Great structure! Saline finish with beautiful ripe integrated acidity. Truthful to the Windsbuhl, this Riesling should be kept a long time!