Riesling Gueberschwihr 2002

Riesling Gueberschwihr 2002

Medium Dry Wine

Technical presentation

Bottling : February 2004
Acquired alcohol : 13.3 °
Residual sugar : 7.5 g/l
Total acidity : 5 g/l H2SO4 (7.7 g/l Ac Tartrique)
pH : 3.3
Yield : 44 hl/ha
Average age of vines : 28 years
Sweetness index : 2
Soil : East & South facing, Gentle slope, Limestone/calcareous/siliceous

Description of the wine Riesling Gueberschwihr 2002

The 1.17ha of Riesling are in fact divided in 8 different small locations, all located around the village of Gueberschwihr and on a similar calcareous/clay soil. Only the exposition changes: half is facing East, the other half is facing South. It is a relatively rich soil, which often needs the competition of natural cover crops to reduce the vigour of the vines, especially in a vintage like 2002. The grapes stayed very healthy, keeping lots of purity in the wine. The fermentation lasted a long time.

Tasting notes

01/2004 : The wine, at first very closed, developed rich and intense flower/fresh fruits flavours through 2003. The nose is very aromatic, in the same way as the 2001 vintage, which is surprising for a vineyard that usually produces more austere wines. Perhaps it is an evolution related to the age of the vines. The palate is firm, with a strong ripe acidity, but no in excess. Again, the aromatic quality dominates on the palate, giving a rich sensation to the wine.