Riesling, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, Turkheim 2016
Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, Turkheim (Biodynamic)
The Humbrecht family can trace their winemaking heritage back over 10 generations, although the Domaine Zind Humbrecht story really began in 1959 through the amalgamation of the Zind and Humbrecht family vineyards. Under the stewardship of first Léonard Humbrecht and then his son Olivier, the domain has grown to around 40 hectares, including some of the very best parcels in Alsace’s top Grand Cru and Lieu-Dit sites. Taking a non-interventionist approach in the cellar and paying incredible attention to detail in the biodynamic management of his vineyards, Olivier is leading the field in crafting superb terroir-driven wines.
Originating from the Herrenweg area and its surroundings, this wine is made from vineyards that all enjoy a precocious and warm climate. This was certainly amplified in 2015, and of all the grapes planted in this area, Riesling was the one that we feared for the most. Luckily, the end of July and August rainfalls did wonders. The vines started to grow again, turned greener and looked normal again. Véraison was homogenous and fast, allowing us to harvest early. The grapes were very healthy and showed already powerful aromatic potential on the taste. Unusually for this grape, the fermentation was also very fast and finished only when the wine was bone dry.
Bright pale yellow/green colour. The nose is already very expressive, showing intense fruit quality and precise fresh fruit/floral aromatics, unmistakable Riesling. The palate has everything a Riesling lover looks for: freshness, elegance, nice juicy ripe acidity, very dry but not lean, no trace of over ripeness, medium light finish and highly drinkable. Of course, it doesn’t have the stony minerality and intensity of the more prestigious vineyards, but it is an exciting and enjoyable wine. We are quite proud to produce this style of wine in 2015!
Grape: 100% Riesling