Riesling Gueberschwihr 2008

Riesling Gueberschwihr 2008

Dry Wine

Technical presentation

Bottling : February 2010
Acquired alcohol : 12.7°
Residual sugar : 9.2 g/l
Total acidity : 5.7 g/l H2SO4
pH : 3.0
Yield : 47 hl/ha
Average age of vines : 34 years
Terroir : Grand Cru Goldert
Sweetness index : 1
Soil : East & South facing, Gentle slope, Limestone/calcareous/siliceous

Description of the wine Riesling Gueberschwihr 2008

Gueberschwihr is a village located 10km south of Colmar. It enjoys a slightly cooler and less precocious climate and most of the vineyards are located on marl limestone soils. The best vineyards of the village are on the Grand Cru Goldert, where Gewurztraminer and Muscat are king, and the surrounding vineyards that enjoy cooler growing conditions, can produce typical crisp mineral style Riesling wines. This grape took some time to ripen in 2008 and eventually was harvested very healthy with a huge acidity and low pH. A lower pH can increase the acid taste a lot on the palate. A 3.0 pH wine will taste much crisper than a 3.5 pH wine that has the same acidity (sorry, that’s chemistry…), and usually, most of our Riesling wines are between 3.3 and 3.6, while most of the 2008s are below 3.2! The fermentation of this wine was excruciatingly slow and many 2009 had finished fermenting when we could rack this wine !

Riesling Gueberschwihr 2008

Tasting notes

02/2010 : This is one of the 2008 Riesling that show strong mineral stony aromatics on the nose, almost like wet stone. The palate is zesty and sharp, but eventually develops into a great richness with a long finish. I could not believe the analysis that showed 9g/l RS and that is why I keep the indice 1 rating. The finish is clean crisp Riesling that begs for a few more years of ageing…