Gewurztraminer Calcaire 2013

Gewurztraminer Calcaire 2013

Medium Sweet WIne

Technical presentation

Bottling : September 2014
Acquired alcohol : 13°
Residual sugar : 28.0 g/l
Total acidity : 3.6 g/l H2SO4 (5.6 g/l Tartrique)
pH : 3.4
Yield : 28 hl/ha
Optimum tasting : 2016-2028
Average age of vines : 32 years
Sweetness index : 3
Soil : Calcaire Oligocène, Very steep slope East facing

Description of the wine Gewurztraminer Calcaire 2013

This wine comes from our Gueberschwihr little Gewurztraminer vineyard (near the Goldert) and another vineyard located in the Hengst in Wintzenheim (planted in 1985). Both are located on east facing slopes and rich marl limestone. The growing season is usually slower and the ripeness of the grapes can be quite high. In 2013 there was little noble rot and as the late season wasn’t favorable for late harvest style, we preferred to harvest this vineyard early October. We were quite surprised by the ripeness though and naturally the wine kept some sweetness.

Gewurztraminer Calcaire 2013

Tasting notes

03/2015 : At first it is almost difficult to tell that this Gewurztraminer. The combination of strong limestone influence and some lees reduction effect have closed the nose and only discreet spicy (pepper) and bacon smoke give some indication. A few hours of aeration at this early stage will allow some ripe fruit aromas to develop. The mid palate is moderately sweet and has a typical limestone acidity balance. One can find the classic tannic structure of the vintage on the finish that also helps to balance the sweetness and vice-versa. It needs more bottle ageing and will be perfect with intense spicy dishes.