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Olivier Humbrecht is one of the world's most renowned winegrowers. He is a Master of Wine and has been described by Robert Parker as the greatest white winemaker on earth. Yet he is very soft spoken, humble, and self-deprecating, which makes him perfectly suited to his assumed role as a global ambassador of wine. He is a champion of terroir, biodynamic farming principles, and non-interventionist winemaking, whose family have been winegrowers in Alsace for 12 generations (since 1620). He is...
Bottling date: 8/2016; Alcohol: 13.9° alc; Residual sweetness: 3.2 g/l; Total Acidity 2.5 g/l H2SO4 (3.7 g/l Tar), pH: 3.9; Yields: 40 hl/ha; Optimum drinking period: 2016-2026; Average age of the vines: 46 years; Terroir: gravely soil on valley floor; Indice 1. In a classic vintage, the oldest vines from the Herrenweg vineyards are vinified and kept separate as a single vineyard wine, all the other vineyards outside the Herrenweg and the ones under 40 years old within it are released under the Village Cru Turckheim. In 2015, the effect of the heat and drought was such that the berries on most vineyards couldn’t develop normally, which explains the small crop in a vintage that showed a good potential initially. After comparing the 3 different batches made, we decided to blend all of them together and release any Herrenweg. Thus, the 2015 Turckheim, just like the 2014 in fact, contains a higher percentage of older vines. Véraison was early and fast, leading to a homogenous ripeness, but the Gewurztraminer grape variety really need more time to ripen properly its concentrated tannins, so they were all harvested in the second half of September. Healthy grapes, no noble rot, so normal ripeness and fast fermentation leading to a very dry wine.
- 91 Points -
The intensely colored 2015 Alsace Gewurztraminer Turckheim displays a beautifully clear, precise and aromatic, also pure and mineral bouquet with spicy flavors intertwined with ripe orange aromas. Round, ripe and highly elegant on the palate, this is a full-bodied, silky textured, intense and seductive Gewurz with a firm but very fine tannin structure and remarkable complexity in the long, perfectly balanced finish. Picked in different vineyards around Turckheim on September 21st and 22nd, this a picture-book Alsace Gewurztraminer was bottled with just 2.3 grams of residual sugar and 13.9% alcohol. The total acidity is just 3.6 grams per liter (pH of 3.8), but this doesn't matter. "We shouldn't forget that Gewurztraminer is a red wine with a white color," says Olivier Humbrecht, arguing that the grape's phenols are as high as in Pinot Noir. "We have to speak about the quality of the tannins when it comes to Gewurztraminer, instead of acidity."See detailed press review
- 91 Points -
This is textbook Gewürztraminer, with ample rose petal and lychee aromatics, a dry, lacy texture and hints of pink grapefruit sorbet, lemon curd and ground ginger. Fresh and accessible, with a clean-cut, minerally finish.See detailed press review