2005 Riesling, Clos Häuserer, Domaine Zind Humbrecht

2005 Riesling, Clos Häuserer, Domaine Zind Humbrecht

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2005 Riesling, Clos Häuserer, Domaine Zind Humbrecht

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Clos Huserer has an excellent pedigree being located at the bottom of the Grand Cru Hengst vineyard. In 2005 the grapes were extremely ripe producing a floral wine with brilliant lemon sherbet notes and a fresh palate. The ripeness is quite difficult to detect on the nose but makes itself known on the finish and the high acidity means it will bevery long-lived. This is the perfect accompaniment to Thai noodles or sushi. Drink now-2015.
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Domaine Zind Humbrecht

Domaine Zind Humbrecht

The wines of Olivier Humbrecht M.W. need little introduction, possessing great depth, exactitude as well as generosity…like the man himself.

The Humbrecht family viticultural roots can be traced back to The Thirty Years War of 1620. Today they own forty hectares across five villages in the Haut-Rhin, the southern half of the picturesque vineyards overlapping the Vosges foothills, treasured for its idyllic climate, tapestry of terroirs as much for its half-timbered houses.

The domaine has vines in 4 Grands Crus - Rangen (Thann) 5.5 ha, Brand (Turckheim) 2.4 ha, Hengst (Wintzenheim) 1.4 ha, Goldert (Gueberschwihr) 0.9 ha as well as Single Vineyards; Rotenberg (Wintzenheim) 1.8 ha, Clos Häuserer (Wintzenheim) 1.2 ha,  Herrenweg (Turkheim) 11.5 ha, Clos Jebsal (Turkheim) 1.3 ha,  Heimbourg (Turkheim) 4 ha and Clos Windsbuhl (Hunawihr) 5.2 ha.

Olivier has arguably overseen the most notable improvements in the estate’s illustrious history: a new cellar in 1992 while retaining the traditional ‘foudre’ oval barrels; initiating biodynamic practices in 1997 (certified in 2002); and the buying of a horse in 2006 to plough the vineyards!

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Riesling  AOC Alsace

Riesling AOC Alsace

Riesling is the undisputed king of Alsace grapes, covering 22.5 percent of the vineyard area and producing some of the noblest and most age-worthy wines in the region, including Vendange Tardive, Sélection de Grains Nobles, and Grands Crus.

Dry, refined, and delicately fruity, it has an elegant bouquet of citrus fruit with mineral or floral notes. A typical mature Alsace Riesling is bone dry, with steely acidity and complex mineral and flint aromas. Like its German counterpart, it displays a superb definition of flavours, but with more concentration and alcohol.

It thrives on schist, shale and slate soils that convey oily, petrolly, mineral aromas to the wine.

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Riesling

Riesling

Riesling's twin peaks are its intense perfume and its piercing crisp acidity which it manages to retain even at high ripeness levels.

In Germany, Riesling constitutes around 20% of total plantings, yet it is responsible for all its greatest wines. It is planted widely on well-drained, south-facing slate-rich slopes, with the greatest wines coming from the best slopes in the best villages. It produces delicate, racy, nervy and stylish wines that cover a wide spectrum of flavours from steely and bone dry with beautifully scented fruits of apples,apricots, and sometimes peaches, through to the exotically sweet flavours of the great sweet wines.

It is also an important variety in Alsace where it produces slightly earthier, weightier and fuller wines than in Germany. The dry Rieslings can be austere and steely with hints of honey while the Vendages Tardives and Sélection de Grains Nobles are some of the greatest sweet wines in the world.

It is thanks to the New World that Riesling is enjoying a marked renaissance. In Australia the grape has developed a formidable reputation, delivering lime-sherbet fireworks amid the continental climate of Clare Valley an hour's drive north of Adelaide, while Barossa's Eden Valley is cooler still, producing restrained stony lime examples from the elevated granitic landscape; Tasmania is fast becoming their third Riesling mine, combining cool temperatures with high UV levels to deliver stunning prototypes.

New Zealand shares a similar climate, with Riesling and Pinot Gris neck to neck in their bid to be the next big thing after Sauvignon Blanc; perfectly suited is the South Island's Central Otago, with its granitic soils and continental climate, and the pebbly Brightwater area near Nelson. While Australia's Rieslings tend to be full-bodied & dry, the Kiwis are more inclined to be lighter bodied, more ethereal and sometimes off-dry; Alsace plays Mosel if you like.

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Reviews

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The Wine Advocate92/100

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The Wine Advocate92/100
The 2005 Riesling Clos Hauserer was another of Humbrechts reluctant fermentors, from very ripe and rot-tinged grapes, but thanks to high acidity 22 grams of residual sugar only subtly make their presence known. Vanilla, licorice, sage, quince and peach preserves, orange zest, and brown spices are the key notes in this rich yet almost aggressively penetrating Riesling, but there is also an undeniably chalky undertone to its blazingly citric as well as honeyed and bitter-sweetly herbal finish. The tactile sense of citrus zest and herbal pungency really extends the finish, yet without turning downright bitter. Humbrechts considers his 2005 Riesling bottlings from Clos Windsbuhl, Brand and Rangen to be not only superior but possessed of greater aging potential than this Clos Hauserer. That is not how I perceive this unusually strong and concentrated Clos Hauserer, which I wouldnt be surprised to see benefit from 12-15 years in bottle.
David Schildknecht - 29/02/2008 Read more