This Vendange Tardive originates mostly from the Schnekelsbourg section on the east side of Brand Grand Cru Vineyard. Here, there is a layer of marl and calcareous deposit deep enough that it can only be reached by old vines. The Brand/Schnekelsbourg is often slightly more powerful and develops more noble rot while maintaining the capacity to retain strong acidity. 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.

95 Points
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94 Points
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Tasting Note

The pure, elegant nose expresses strong minerality with wet stone aromas along with white flowers. The palate is firm and tightly structured by racy acidity which provides a beautiful balance to the sweetness.

Food Pairing

Fresh peach, apricot or pear desserts,

Technical Data
Grapes: 100% Riesling
Appellation: Vin d'Alsace
Aging: 24-36 months in old French oak
Unique Selling Points
  • From Zind-Humbrecht's prestigious Brand Grand Cru Vineyard, ideally suited and exclusively planted to Riesling
  • The vineyard's rare old vines produce grapes with more powerful flavor profiles and greater noble rot influence while maintaining the capacity to retain strong acidity

Vineyard Details

Brand Vineyard
Part of the Zind-Humbrecht Domaine, Brand Vineyard, translated to mean “land of fire,” refers to a historic fire that eroded the hillside, captured in the Turckheim archives. This Grand Cru vineyard lies entirely on a substratum known as Turckheim granite. Its steep slope is oriented south, southeast, giving the vines exceptional sun exposure while sheltering them from the north winds. Only Riesling is planted here. The vineyard covers 5.9 acres.

About the Grape

Riesling
Riesling shows sublime, refined, vibrant aromas and flavors of peaches, apricots and white fruit, with floral and citrus blossom notes. May show slate, earth, tar, smoke or kerosene notes.
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