Gewurztraminer Vendange Tardive 2014, Hugel et Fils, Alsace (37.5cl)
At first glimpse, what really draws the eye is the young yet dense and viscous aspect of the wine. The first nose confirms that impression. A dried and candied fruits basket: lychee, mango, cumquat and white peach alongside candied ginger and cloves boldly comes out of the glass. The palate is dense, rich, opulent and generous; it immediately calls for meditation. Very well maintained by a vibrant structure, the Gewurztraminer grape shows fragrant, lush, yet delicate. As it breathes, the wine gently opens and evolves towards more floral notes of jasmine and rose, inviting for another sip.
The grapes are taken in small tubs to the presses, which are filled by gravity, without any pumping or other mechanical intervention. After pressing, the must is decanted for a few hours, then fermented in temperature-controlled barrels or vats (at 18 to 24°C). The wine is racked just once, before natural clarification during the course of the winter. The following spring, the wine is lightly filtered just before bottling, and the bottles are then aged extensively in our cellars until released for sale.
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