|Bottling :||August 2022|
|Acquired alcohol :||14°|
|Residual sugar :||6.9 g/l|
|Total acidity :||3.6 g/l H2SO4 / (5.5 g/l Tartrique)|
|Yield :||40 hl/ha|
|Optimum tasting :||2026/2046+|
|Average age of vines :||70 years|
|Terroir :||Grand Cru Hengst|
|Sweetness index :||1|
|Available for sale :||Yes|
|Soil :||Calcareous Marl from the Oligocene period|
Description of the wine Gewurztraminer Hengst Grand Cru 2021
Our Grand Cru Hengst is produced from two very old plots, located in the south/south-east part of this vineyard. The oldest one dates back to the early 1920s, and the other one was planted by my grandfather Emile Zind in the early 1950s. These old vines are made with a fantastic old style massal selection of Gewurztraminer grape. The iron rich red Oligocene limestone soil allows for a perfect phenolic maturation of the grapes. Hengst also enjoys a dry and warm ripening conditions, so the grapes tend to remain healthy and do not develop rot (or noble rot) very easily, so the style of this vineyard is often an austere, complex spicy type of wine that also has a natural tannic quality, not far from a light red wine. The healthy 2021 grapes produced a powerful dry Gewurztraminer with a great acidity.
1/2023: Bright pale yellow colour. The nose is still restrained showing complex, spicy and peppery aromas. On the mouth, the wine shows a great intensity and brightness of flavour. Bright and ripe acidity allows for a harmonious finish, this wine seems at first, quite gentle and eventually opens up to an intense wine dot. It feels really elegant and almost easy to drink.no doubt it will need more time to fully express the characteristic of this great vineyard.
The Hengst was first mentioned in the 9th century in an endowment of the Murbach Abbey. The lord of Haut Landsbourg as well as the bailiff of Kaysersberg shared the feudal rights up to the Great Revolution, whilst various noble families, abbeys and the bourgeoisie of Colmar exploited important parcels.