2021 Gewurztraminer, Clos Windsbuhl, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, Alsace

2021 Gewurztraminer, Clos Windsbuhl, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, Alsace

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2021 Gewurztraminer, Clos Windsbuhl, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, Alsace

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Certified biodynamic (Biodyvin). Owner/winemaker Olivier Humbrecht provides lots of technical data: bottling date August 2022; RS 4.2 g/l; TA 6.1 g/l, pH 3.35; yield 16 hl/ha. Average vine age 51 years. Limestone (Muschelkalk) soils.

Richly fruited and just a touch of nicely smoky reduction. Rich yet cool on the palate. Pure Gewurztraminer in a restrained style, with great length. Tightly structured with no fat. Creamy, textured aftertaste.

Drink 2023-2031

Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com (April 2023)

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Jancis Robinson MW17/20

Certified biodynamic (Biodyvin). Owner/winemaker Olivier Humbrecht provides lots of technical data: bottling date August 2022; RS 4.2 g/l; TA 6.1 g/l, pH 3.35; yield 16 hl/ha. Average vine age 51 years. Limestone (Muschelkalk) soils.

Richly fruited and just a touch of nicely smoky reduction. Rich yet cool on the palate. Pure Gewurztraminer in a restrained style, with great length. Tightly structured with no fat. Creamy, textured aftertaste.

Drink 2023-2031

Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com (April 2023)

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James Suckling95/100

A super-clean and crisp wine for gewurz with an intensely chalky minerality that takes your breathe away. So clean and bright it’s light years away from what anybody expects from this grape. Lovely zesty citrusy freshness at the finish. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold.

Stuart Pigott, Senior Editor at JamesSuckling.com (April 2023)

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Vinous95/100

The 2021 Riesling Clos Windsbuhl is grown on Triassic limestone, facing east to southeast, on the upper part of the clos with less topsoil. The age of the old vines is unknown, estimated to be 65 years old. The younger vines were planted in the early 1980s. Windsbuhl means windy hill and used to be referred to as petit Sibérie - so it comes into its own now. Reduction takes over on the nose, but underneath, there are gentle glimpses of lemon. The palate has a real phenolic edge, a lovely, pithy bitterness that lends contour to the lemony flow. Lovely flashes of passion fruit pop up, upping the aromatic game, lending allure to flavor and texture, underlined by a bone-dry finish. (Bone-dry)

Drink 2027-2060

Anne Krebiehl MW, Vinous.com (February 2023)

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About this WINE

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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Gewürztraminer

Gewürztraminer

Gewürztraminer is a high quality white grape which produces classic varietal wines in the Alsace region of France.

It is the second most widely planted grape in Alsace and the most widely planted in the Haut-Rhin where it is particularly well suited to the clay-rich soils found in the Vosges foothills. It is normally fermented dry and produces golden, medium to full-bodied wine with heady aromas of lychees, rose petals and white peaches.

It attains naturally high sugar levels far in excess of Riesling and this makes it ideal for sweet, late harvest wines. These can be unctuously sweet and luscious and the best can last for decades. Rieffel, Hugel and Zind Humbrecht consistently produce the finest Gewürztraminer wines in Alsace.

It is also planted in Germany (specifically in the Rheinpfalz and Baden regions), Austria, the Alto Adige in Italy and to a lesser extent in Australia, New Zealand and California. Gerwürz means spice in German, although this pink-skinned grape tends to produce exotically perfumed rather than spice laden wines.

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