The Zind is traditionally made from our Chardonnay (70%) and Auxerrois (30%) vineyard located on the limestone soil of the Clos Windsbuhl in Hunawihr. In 2017, we added a small fraction of Auxerrois from the Rotenberg vineyard (10%) because the crop was so small it would have been complicated to vinify these grapes separately. (Pinot-Blanc and Auxerrois on the valley floor of Turckheim were completely destroyed by the frost, so we didn’t produce any Pinot-Blanc 2017). The grapes in Hunawihr were beautiful, small and very healthy. The dry extract in the wines of 2017 is high and this probably explains the very slow fermentation for most wines (15 months). It was a relief to see it going on to the end, resulting on a dry wine.
2/2019: pale yellow colour. The nose is already nicely expressive, showing citrus, wet stone and fruits. The wine keeps on opening after bottling. The palate is elegant and makes the wines so easy to enjoy. The texture is supple, juicy and sapid. The Zind 2017 finds its harmony around an interesting contrast between acidity and weight. The finish is saline and textbook Windsbuhl in character. It will keep!