Gewurztraminer Roche Calcaire 2020

Medium Dry Wine

Technical presentation

Bottling : August 2021
Acquired alcohol : 13.5°
Residual sugar : 11 g/l
Total acidity : 3.4 g/l H2SO4 (5.2 g/l Acide Tartrique)
pH : 3.3
Yield : 49 hl/ha
Optimum tasting : 2025-2038
Average age of vines : 39 years
Sweetness index : 2
Soil : Oolithic calcareous and marls siliceous

Description of the wine Gewurztraminer Roche Calcaire 2020

This wine is made from a small vineyard located near the Goldert GC in Gueberschwihr, but also from selections made in the Hengst, Goldert and Clos Windsbuhl vineyards. These vineyards are quite old, so it is normal to see some younger vines planted after an old one dies. We separate these younger vines (anything under roughly 30 years) at harvest and all end up in this wine. The common factor for all is a limestone-based geology. Gewurztraminer needs and loves sunshine to ripen perfectly, but unlike Riesling for example, it needs cooler soils to preserve acidity if the objective is to make a slightly richer wine. We have also noticed that limestone produces a more restraint style of Gewurztraminer, more spicy than floral, more mineral than varietal, and that is exactly the style of this wine. The absence of noble rot in 2020 means that the grapes were very healthy and the wine fermented quite dry and quite fast.


Tasting notes

8/2021: pale yellow colour. The nose shows strong mineral limestone influence, with more citrus aromas than floral. It feels almost severe, but the kind of severity that is good for a Gewurztraminer, often described as being ‘too much’ on the nose. With time, it develops delicate fruity aromas. Clearly, decanting this wine in carafe will help a lot in the next few years. The palate shows a nice medium richness. The residual sweetness is barely palatable and extremely well balanced by a surprisingly refreshing sensation of acidity. The wine persists in a very harmonious fashion. This is a great introduction to vineyard driven Gewurztraminer!