Gewurztraminer Calcaire 2009

Gewurztraminer Calcaire 2009

Sweet Wine

Technical presentation

Bottling : September 2010
Acquired alcohol : 13.5°
Residual sugar : 62.0 g/l
Total acidity : 2.5 g/l H2S04
pH : 3.9
Yield : 45 hl/ha
Optimum tasting : 2012-2014
Average age of vines : 31 years
Sweetness index : 5
Soil : Calcaire Oligocène, East facing, Exposé ouest, Oolithic calcareous medium to steep slope

Description of the wine Gewurztraminer Calcaire 2009

Just like our first Pinot Gris Calcaire, this wine is made from the blending of two vineyards from different villages, having both a similar marl calcareous soil. Here, we decided to assemble the Gewurztraminers from the Goldert GC and the Heimbourg vineyard together. In both vineyards, the grapes were harvested very ripe with a little touch of noble rot. The yields were correct, not too high, and fermentation for both wines was eventless, ending up with rich, dense quite sweet wines. Why did we decide to blend these two wines then? Unfortunately, we felt that they followed two of the greatest Gewurztraminer vintages (2007 and 2008) and comparison was tough. Put together, and therefore loosing their single vineyard status, they are presented in a less pretentious format and become a nice forward and rich Gewurztraminer produced in a sunny vintage.
Gewurztraminer Calcaire 2009

Tasting notes

2/2011: all is said on the nose: it is powerful, dense, and spicy with a little petroly character that originates from the calcareous vineyards and some noble rot. On the palate, the wine is generous and rich, long lasting with some obvious density and sweetness. It is a very forward wine that does show a nice minerality. It will probably age very well while keeping an outgoing character.