Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Hengst 2006 - Vendange Tardive

Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Hengst 2006 - Vendange Tardive

We offer it in :

Technical presentation

Bottling : July 2007
Acquired alcohol : 14.5°
Residual sugar : 74.6 g/l
Total acidity : 3.7 g/l H2SO4 (5.7 g/l Tartrique)
pH : 3.83
Yield : 19 hl/ha
Optimum tasting : 2011-2031+
Average age of vines : 55 years
Terroir : Grand Cru Hengst
Sweetness index : VT
Soil : Calcareous Marl from the Oligocene period, South/South East facing, medium/steep slope

Description of the wine Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Hengst 2006 - Vendange Tardive

Only the two oldest vineyard in the Hengst qualify for Grand Cru. Hengst is located in a relatively dry climate, enjoying a full sunny south-east facing. There is rich marl above the aggressive calcareous mother rock, but only on very small layer, which explain why this vineyard needs specific climatic conditions to develop enough noble rot to reach late harvest ripeness. Hengst is never a light dry wine, but never is also the sweetest of our Gewurztraminer. The warmer humid weather of September 2006 was actually ideal for botrytis development. A very small cluster selection allowed the final selection to reach high Vendange Tardive richness (last made were 1990 and 1989). The very small yields also explain the very high concentration of this wine. Should there be a wine of the year…

Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Hengst 2006 - Vendange Tardive

Tasting notes

01/2008 : The nose aromatics are packed with spicy, leathery, exotic, nutmeg flavours. It is hard to describe a complete profile, such is the nose complex and intense. The palate surrounds the mouth, leaves different coatings, layer after layer. The sweetness is obvious, as it should be in a VT, but I wouldn’t add or take away any. The power and acidity are just right to balance the finish. I could comment this wine forever and ever…