Our Grand Cru Hengst is produced from two very old plots, located in the south/south-east part of this vineyard. The oldest one dates back to the early 1920s, and the other one was planted by my grandfather Emile Zind in the early 1950s. These old vines are made with a fantastic old style massal selection of Gewurztraminer grape. The iron rich red Oligocene limestone soil allows for a perfect phenolic maturation of the grapes. Hengst also enjoys a dry and warm ripening conditions, so the grapes tend to remain healthy and do not develop rot (or noble rot) very easily, so the style of this vineyard is often an austere, complex spicy type of wine that also has a natural tannic quality, not far from a light red wine. The healthy 2021 grapes produced a powerful dry Gewurztraminer with a great acidity.

Harvest Note
2021 was a challenging vintage which resulted in small volumes of extraordinary wines. The frost of April 6th significantly reduced the final harvest volumes. June & July saw heavy rains leading to rapid growth but unfortunately mildew also. August and September were sunny and dry, with harvest from September 15th to October 2nd. The small crop fermented quickly, alcohols were below usual levels, and all wines fermented completey dry.
Tasting Note
Bright pale yellow color. The nose is still restrained showing complex, spicy and peppery aromas. On the mouth, the wine shows a great intensity and brightness of flavor. Bright and ripe acidity allows for a harmonious finish, this wine seems at first, quite gentle and eventually opens up to an intense wine dot. It feels really elegant and almost easy to drink, no doubt it will need more time to fully express the characteristic of this great vineyard.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Gewurztraminer
PH: 3.6
ACIDITY: 3.6 g/l
ABV: 14.00%
AGING: 12 months in large foudres
Unique Selling Points
  • Certified Organic and Biodynamic
  • Unique wines from this historic Grand Cru site, treasured for powerful structure
  • Unique wines from this historic Grand Cru site, treasured for powerful structure
  • 97 points James Suckling, 94 points Vinous

About the Grape

Gewürztraminer has unmistakably heady intensity of fragrance, with pungent aromas of litchis, tropical fruits and rose petals. Its flavors are ample, fruity and spicy rather than complex.
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