Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Hengst Alsace White Wine 750ml
This wine from the Grand Cru Hengst is produced from two very old vineyards, one planted by my grand father Emile in 1948 and the other one was purchased in 1978 from an old winegrower who couldn’t remember when it was planted, but it was ‘well before WW2’…. Even more than their age, it is the selection of grapes that is spectacular and rare nowadays, compared to the modern clones of that grape, so far away in taste and quality potential. Gewurztraminer and Hengst make one, it is a unique and perfect marriage, made possible by this clever and knowledgeable selection made precisely for this place. All clonal plantations made in the Hengst after were pulled out recently. They never were able to produce a wine that could compare with the older ones. Gewurztraminer is in fact a red wine, hiding in a white (well, gold) livery and with some sweetness. The iron rich, red coloured marl soil of the Hengst bring power, tannic structure and nobility to this great grape variety, to often criticized for its varietal expression.
The nose is extremely complex with faint floral aromas, more exotic fruits like litchi/mango and lots of spicy, bacon, toasted notes. The palate is concentrated, shows balanced acidity and the residual sweetness creates a harmonious finish.