This is seriously impressive Riesling. But to put it into perspective, this is Zind Humbrecht’s entry level Riesling. It is marked by stunning perfume and mineral core. There is nice weight on the palate to balance the firm acidity. It’ll drink from now, but really, it’ll look much more lovely in 7-15 years. Pork or roast chicken are where I’d be headed for a match.
Zind Humbrecht is one of the outstanding white wine producing estates in the world and have been for a long time. About as far south as you can go in Alsace, this vineyard is terraced, made up of volcanic rocks and sedimentary sandstones, quite high by Alsatian standards (350m-450m) and receives more rainfall than most in Alsace.
Alsace – Currently a French territory after coming under German rule twice during the wars the Alsatians tend to think of themselves as being from Alsace first. Their language, culture and wines are all somewhat removed from the rest of the world. For instance, when it comes to aromatic whites no one can compare. Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris to name but a few all excel in this cold border region. Some wines can be expensive for the quality but the production quantities mean there are still many bargains to be had.
Riesling – One of the world’s most noble varieties and known transmitter of terroir. Riesling is an important variety for quality wine production although only makes up approximately 4% of the planted area. Wonderful wines are found in Germany, Austria, Alsace and Australia. They can be as dry as any wine you’ll taste or super sweet and luscious. It is a wonderful grape. See more about Riesling here.