The Rotenberg is a small single vineyard located on the west side of the Grand Cru Hengst in Wintzenheim, on a steep marl calcareous vineyard, relatively thin and poor. The high iron content gives the soil a red brick colour, especially if the soil is regularly cultivated. The vines grow there very slowly in a late ripening climate, mostly due to the altitude (300m/350m) and west to north west exposure. The alternance of fog in the morning and evening sunshine often helps the development of noble rot. In 2009 we tried to avoid it in order to keep more freshness and elegance in the wine. It was easy as the grapes were physiologically ripe earlier. A classic long fermentation kept little sugars but allowed for an intense aromatic expression.
2/2011: we can already find here all the classic aromas of the Rotenberg: quince, pears but also lots of nutty, toasty Pinot Gris character. The wine is already quite open, both nose and palate. There is a hint of roundness on the palate but the acidity kicks in very quickly and brings a very fresh structure. I expect this wine to become even drier with age. Overall it displays fantastic flavours and shows the open character of 2009.