Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris 'Turckheim' AOC, Alsace

Although the Humbrecht family can trace their winemaking heritage back over 10 generations, the Domaine Zind Humbrecht story really began in 1959 through the amalgamation of the Zind and Humbrecht family vineyards. Under the stewardship of first Léonard and then Olivier Humbrecht, the domain has grown to around 40 hectares, including of some of the very best parcels in Alsace’s top Grand Cru and Lieu Dit sites.

Crafting a range of elegant and expressive wines from these diverse terroirs, Olivier has a non-interventionist approach in the cellar, with extremely gentle pressing, lengthy fermentations, and long lees contact. At the end of the 20th century the domain moved towards organic and biodynamic viticulture in the vineyard, and since 2002 it has been certified fully biodynamic.

Viticulture: This wine is in the continuation of our varietal Pinot Gris range. It is now labeled Turckheim as all the vineyards used to make this wine originate from the gravelly valley floor in Turckheim. This area is proposed for future access to ‘Cru Village’ level so let’s hope! For information, the Herrenweg vineyard is included in the middle of this area. Gravelly valley floor soils are well drained, warm and precocious. They usually show less mineral character but express beautiful and intense aromatics at an early stage. As ripeness is rarely an issue in these vineyards, the wines are also quite fleshy and long. Pinot Gris was the earliest grape to be picked and great attention was given to the potential of the grapes in order to ensure that it would finish dry. Great care was also given in order to avoid any rot problems.

Vinification: The grapes for this wine were harvested by hand and transferred to the winery in small containers to prevent any crushing in transport. They were then whole-bunch pressed in a Bucher pneumatic press, allowing for a slow and gentle pressing. In 2014, fermentations were quicker than usual, so it finished dry with no surprise. Bottles in August 2015.

Tasting Notes: Pale yellow colour. The nose is already quite expressive as the wine is tasted just after bottling! Lots of fruity (peach, melon) and spicy aromatics as it opens up (thyme, ginger) with less of the usual toasty/lees aromas. Similar aromatics characterize the palate which makes it extremely enjoyable. The palate is dry, but also velvety from start to finish with a beautiful roundness. The finish eventually shows some nice refreshing acidity and a surprising saline taste. Very enjoyable and great food partner. 

Technical Information Origin: AOC Alsace Varietals: 100% Pinot Gris Sweetness Index: 1 Alcohol: 13.5%