Zind Humbrecht, Pinot Blanc AOC, Alsace
£18.99

Bright pale yellow in colour. Expressive delicate nose showing white fruits and flowers (pears, lilies…). There is a sense of purity and lightness on the nose, so the attack and middle mouth come as a surprise. The wine quickly coats the palate, shows an ample structure reinforced by great acidity. The limestone influence is more perceptible on the finish with beautiful salivation and a good sense of minerality. Very dry, no sweetness, no harsh acidity either and a feeling of good ripeness: it is a very enjoyable wine.

Although the Humbrecht family can trace their winemaking heritage back over 10 generations, 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 and then Olivier Humbrecht, the domain has grown to around 40 hectares, including of some of the very best parcels in Alsace’s top Grand Cru and Lieu Dit sites. Crafting a range of elegant and expressive wines from these diverse terroirs, Olivier has a non-interventionist approach in the cellar, with extremely gentle pressing, lengthy fermentations, and long lees contact. At the end of the 20th century the domain moved towards organic and biodynamic viticulture in the vineyard, and since 2002 it has been certified fully biodynamic.

Viticulture: This wine is made from the usual blend of Pinot Blanc and Auxerrois grapes (35%/65%) originating from both Herrenweg vineyard (50%) and Rotenberg vineyard (50%). Many people do not know that Auxerrois is a descendant of Pinot Blanc, just like the Chardonnay. Both vines are very similar and are often mistaken between themselves. The later ripening red limestone of the Rotenberg brings structure and acidity; the warm precocious alluvial Herrenweg brings richness and aromatics. The fact that in 2014 we had very hot and cooler periods, both ripeness and acidity level were perfect and it was easy to obtain the perfect balance for a dry wine.

Vinification: The grapes for this wine were harvested by hand and transferred to the winery in small containers to prevent any crushing in transport. They were then whole-bunch pressed in a Bucher pneumatic press, allowing for a slow and gentle pressing. The must was then gravity fed to traditional Alsatian casks where a long fermentation to complete dryness took place. Bottled in August 2015.

Tasting Notes: Bright pale yellow in colour. Expressive delicate nose showing white fruits and flowers (pears, lilies…). There is a sense of purity and lightness on the nose, so the attack and middle mouth come as a surprise. The wine quickly coats the palate, shows an ample structure reinforced by great acidity. The limestone influence is more perceptible on the finish with beautiful salivation and a good sense of minerality. Very dry, no sweetness, no harsh acidity either and a feeling of good ripeness: it is a very enjoyable wine.

Origin: AOC Alsace Varietals: 35% Pinot Blanc, 65%