GRAPE VARIETY:​ FOCUS ON GEWÜRZTRAMINER

Gewürztraminer is an aromatic wine grape variety with the particularity to have a pink to red skin color, giving a golden color to the white wine. 

This variety has high natural sugar, which gives a white wine, usually off-dry, tends to be full-bodied with a rich oily texture, low to medium acidity and high alcohol.

For its tasting notes, you will be, firstly, surprised with its flamboyant bouquet of lychees. Then, you will feel its aromas of roses, passion fruit, sweet baking spices and floral notes on your palate. For the mouthfeel, because of the heightened aromatics, higher alcohol, and lower acidity, many Gewürz taste sweeter than they actually are. This special grape variety needs a cool climate to ripen, that is why we find it mostly in Alsace, Canada, and Germany. 

Alsace is the largest producer of Gewürztraminer in the world and the majority of wines are made in a rich floral dry style. Indeed, this place offers a moderate continental climate, favorable conditions to grow Gewürztraminers.Pay attention to words like “Grand Cru”, a vineyard designation, and “Haut-Rhin”, an area with higher number of Grand Cru vineyards to choose an exceptional Gewürztraminer wine.

Zind-Humbrecht, Gewurztraminer, Hengst Grand Cru 2013 is a light gold wine produced in the South of Wintzenheim on an imposing marl-limestone hillside. Through three centuries, Zind-Humbrecht estate has improved its vine growing processes to produce outstanding wines. The grapes are often picked late to create a unique combination of high ripeness and mineral expression. 2013 kept a relatively high residual sweetness, in proportion to the ripeness level. This off-dry wine lays out intense aromas of black pepper, quince, pear and dried herbs. On the palate, the wine is rich, concentrated and profound with fine acidity and a very long finish. 

Useful tips: Serve it well chilled (6-8°C)

Wine pairing: Lamb or Beef with Prunes

Amsterdam, July 17th, 2019