Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain (750ml)
Winegrowers father to son since 1620, the Humbrecht family has cultivated their vines in the great terroirs of Alsace. Domaine Zind Humbrecht was founded in 1959, when two wine growing families united. Today, the domaine has 40 hectares of vineyards in five different villages in the Haut-Rhine region of Alsace. After years of grape growing experience, it was possible to identify certain Alsatian grape varieties as particularly suited to specific soil types and micro-climates. Zind-Humbrecht’s dedication to terroir expression guides all biodynamic practices in both the vineyard and the winery; which include extended pressing cycles, abbreviated clarification cycles to retain natural yeasts and proteins in the must, plus natural malolactic fermentation, which sometimes last a year, and extended ageing on the yeast lees.
This wine is influenced heavily by the terroir of the vineyard. The river Thur runs only a few yards from the vines and plays an important role in the development of noble rot. The volcanic soil of the Rangen has a powerful influence on the Gewurztraminer grape, particularly on the aromatic profile of the grapes, grounding the aromatics quite a bit.
In this vintage the grapes were slightly affected by noble rot, but the fermentation was quite fast, keeping some sweetness over a rich palate.
The nose is full of smoke, flint and a strong lees character. The palate is powerful, intense and very long. The beautiful balance of acidity keeps some elements of freshness. The finish has a saline richness, almost like maritime sea air.