A unique Gewürztraminer that captures the delicate structure that characterizes the Windsbuhl Vineyard. The Windsbuhl compensates for its cooler climate with a capacity to let the grapes ripen on the vines longer, allowing for a better physiological ripeness. Zind-Humbrecht's dedication to terroir expression guides all winemaking practices, which include extended pressing cycles, abbreviated clarification cycles (to retain natural yeasts and proteins in the must), natural malolactic fermentation and extended aging on the lees. The wine is aged 18 months in 40-year-old French barrels.

91 Points
Wine Spectator
2018 vintage
95 Points
Wine Spectator
2018 vintage
Harvest Note
The weather patterns were unusual yet resulted in a fine high-quality crop in most locations. The winter was extremely cold, and total rainfall for January through July was more than twice the normal amount. This replenished the soil moisture while the vines growth cycle was largely undisturbed. The summer months brought more stable, warm and dry conditions. Harvest proceeded over a two-month period, which allowed a precise approach to each terroir.
Tasting Note
Shows strong terroir characteristics in its complex spicy, mineral aromas. Takes time to open up, but then reveals intense citrus fruits, ripe exotic fruits (pineapple, litchi) and more spices (coriander, cloves). The palate is delicate and integrates the sweetness which almost vanishes on the finish.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Gewürztraminer
APPELLATION: Vin d'Alsace
PH: 3.52
ACIDITY: 3.11 g/l
ABV: 13%
AGING: In neutral wood cask
MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION: Yes
Unique Selling Points
  • Yet another expression of this excellent and unique Clos Windsbuhl terroir
  • Highly regarded collectable wine for drinking or aging
  • An aromatic wine with a finely focused structure

About the Grape

Gewürztraminer
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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