The largest part of Herrenweg Vineyard is planted to Gewürztraminer, which likes the heat generated by the pebbles in the soil. The old vines’ roots grow quite deep, aided by bio-dynamic farming, finding minerality and adding concentration to the wines. The grapes are harvested at optimal ripeness with a generous proportion of grapes benefiting from noble rot. Zind-Humbrecht’s dedication to terroir expression guides all winemaking practices, which include extended pressing cycles, abbreviated clarification cycles (to retain natural yeasts and proteins in the must), natural malolactic fermentation and extended aging on the lees. The wine is aged 24-36 months in 40-year-old French barrels.
Bright yellow color. The nose shows great aromatic intensity with fresh exotic fruits (litchi), citrus zests and an overall sensation of maturity while the botrytis remains discreet. The palate is an profound continuation of the nose. The Herrenweg has a restrained influence on the wine, allowing the Gewürztraminer to speak out in an elegant fashion. The wine finishes on an attractive round sweet mouth-feel, superbly balanced with a nice citrusy acidity. Although this wine is already very approachable, it will benefit from extra aging.
Enjoy as an aperitif or with peach, pear, or lychee dessert.