Riesling ‘Herrenweg de Turckheim’ Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, Turkheim 2015
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.
The single vineyard Herrenweg is located in the middle of the gravelly valley floor located between the villages of Turckheim and Wintzenheim, on deposits left by the river and glaciers in recent geological time. Going West towards Colmar, the vines are more exposed to the north winds, deeper in the valley it gets cooler and soils are less deep, towards Turckheim the water table is less deep and towards Wintzenheim the soils get gradually more covered by loess. So, like in many other places: the middle is the best part! Herrenweg soil is poor and suffers easily from drought and thus older vines have a much higher quality potential. This vineyard was planted by my grandfather Zind and my father. The fermentation was very slow but the wine finished very dry.
The nose is elegant and shows beautiful citrus/mineral character, combined with a nice tight, almost reductive, aromatic profile. It is very hard to guess that it comes from a valley floor! The palate develops slowly and is still fresh days after the bottle is opened. Great acidity, very salivating, elegant mouthfeel, but has almost a ‘limestone’ strictness. Extraordinary Herrenweg wine that will not disappoint next to more prestigious origins!
Grape: 100% Riesling