Gewurztraminer Clos Windsbuhl 2022

Gewurztraminer Clos Windsbuhl 2022

Medium Sweet WIne

Technical presentation

Bottling : August 2023
Acquired alcohol : 13.1°
Residual sugar : 39.8 g/l
Total acidity : 3.3 g/l H2SO4 (5.1 g/l Acide Tartrique)
pH : 3.45
Yield : 41 hl/ha
Optimum tasting : 2027-2047+
Average age of vines : 52 years
Terroir : Clos Windsbuhl
Sweetness index : 4
Available for sale : Yes
Soil : Calcaire Oligocène, Medium slope, Muschelkalk calcareous, Oolithic calcareous

Description of the wine Gewurztraminer Clos Windsbuhl 2022

The Clos Windsbuhl is located on a small 7ha little hill that turns from the east to the south, on relatively steep slopes, above the village of Hunawihr. Right against the forest, it dominates all other vineyards and offer a fabulous view on the Alsace valley floor. The Muschelkalk limestone is rich in seashells and is also described as Dolomitic limestone, particularly rich in magnesium. A recent very interesting tasting of minerals including magnesium was highly instructive in understanding why all the Windsbuhl wines have a natural elegance and bright acid driven structure. Obviously, the later ripening climate there can explain higher acidity, but the soil and its mineral composition must be responsible for that bright and vibrant structure. In 2022, the Windsbuhl enjoyed perfect ripening conditions. The cooling effect of the altitude and nearby forest compensated the warmth of the vintage. The Gewurztraminer ripened very well to a classic sweet balance. The grapes were harvested very healthy.

Gewurztraminer Clos Windsbuhl 2022

Tasting notes

01/2024: pale yellow colour. The nose develops discreetly showing beautiful, elegant floral notes going crescendo with time. This is not a powerful aromatic wine, but very complex and persistent. The limestone of Windsbuhl produces a subdued style, never overpowering. On the palate, the sweetness is balanced by a fresh acidity and ripe tannins. The wine finishes on a citrus like structure, enhanced by the salinity of this vineyard. This will be a very slow developing wine and worth hiding in the cellar for some time.