Pinot Gris ‘Rotenberg’ Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, Turkheim 2017
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.
Rotenberg used to produce a lot of sweet wines in the past, and will certainly produce some exceptional VTs or SGNs in the future. However, the ageing vines, bio-dynamic farming, lots of changes in the canopy management have allowed us to be able to also harvest these grapes earlier, aiming for more elegant and drier style Pinot Gris. The natural ability of the Rotenberg to produce low yields also helps the wine to acquire complexity and density without sugar. Facing west, on a poor rocky red calcareous mother rock, the Pinot Gris feels at home here
Pure limestone influenced nose. There is almost a citrus influence there after some aeration. There is definitely a sensation of austerity and a lean mineral character on the palate. However, the wine develops slowly and does show its potential and great structure. Please take enough time to understand this wine and there will be no regrets. The finish is dry, but the acidity is enveloped in a velvety saline salivation. Needs ageing and great food!
Grape: 100% Pinot Gris