Overview of the Wine
Winegrowing is a passion that has been passed down from father to son in the Humbrecht family since the 17th century. Domaine Zind Humbrecht today comprises of 40 hectares of vines, spread out over an array of different terroirs in the geological patchwork which is the Alsatian wine region and birthplace of our noble grape varieties.
The expression of terroir, conveyed through grape varieties of Alsace, is reinforced by cultivating the vines organically and according to biodynamic principles. Great lengths are gone to each growing season to produce the best quality grapes from each vineyard. As respect for the vine and soil life is imperative, the viticultural tasks are carried out by a team of 22 dedicated staff members. The high ratio of vineyard worker to vineyard surface enables an attention to detail and the execution of many of the viticultural tasks manually. In addition, animal traction and the use of their own compost help to reduce the impact of mechanical compaction on the soils.
Ripe, balanced and concentrated grapes enables the elimination of any vinification techniques that would modify the initial harmony of each terroir. Fermentations are very slow, and the wines spend a minimum of 6 months on the total lees. The wines are bottled between 12 and 24 months after the harvest.
"For a few years now, this wine is produced exclusively from one little parcel of vineyard located a stone throw away from the Goldert vineyard in Gueberschwihr. Proximity doesn’t of course mean identical! There is some Oolithic limestone present in the soil, but also a fair amount of sandstone and marl. The soil is more fertile and deeper, which accentuate the late ripening character. The Gewurztraminer grape grows slowly, keeps great acidity and doesn’t suffer from draught or excessive heat. Very healthy grapes produced a wine that fermented very dry, in an unusual style from this vineyard."
Organic and biodynamic viticulture: since 1997, Organic certification 1998 by Ecocert, biodynamic certification by Biodyvin / Ecocert in 2002.
Grape / Blend
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Ripe, almost overripe notes of juicy pear abound on the nose of this wine. There also is a sense of baked and dried pear but the palate reins that in with majestic zestiness. This wine is bold, concentrated and hot with alcohol. It's a potent but dry Gewurztraminer of immense impact. The finish is dry and the lovely pear returns on the last notes. ANNE KREBIEHL MW
Product size: 750ml