Riesling Clos Windsbuhl 2019, Zind Humbrecht
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Clear pale lime yellow colour. The nose is expressive, powerful and yet leaves a sensation of tightness and severity. One can detect the classic Windsbuhl light reduction on the nose. There is fruit about to come out if one is a little patient. The palate is so elegant, racy, delicate! The acidity is saline and ripe, but constitute the backbone of the wine. The finish is strict, feels very dry and leaves the palate light. This wine combines in the most beautiful manner a vigorous power and elegant lightness
Winegrowing is a passion that has been passed down from father to son in the Humbrecht family since the 17th century. Domaine Zind Humbrecht today comprises of 40 hectares of vines, spread out over an array of different terroirs in the geological patchwork which is the Alsatian wine region and birthplace of our noble grape varieties.
The Riesling is planted on the upper part of the Clos, facing south-east, where the soil is the thinnest and most rocky, enjoying a dominating position over the Alsace valley floor. Muschelkalk is an old sea bed limestone, not too alkaline and rich in certain minerals like magnesium. The vines benefit from a cooler late ripening climate which explain the high acid and delicacy of the wines from the Clos. The Riesling Windsbuhl is traditionally the last non VT wine harvested on the estate. The grapes benefit from a long growing season, without gaining unnecessary sugar richness. Like most wines with low pH and high acidity, the fermentation was very slow.