This is a rather exotic and intense version of gewurztraminer, very ripe and clearly an expression of the Turckheim mixed stone terroir. While the wine is obviously rich with a high degree of alcohol it is also relatively dry.
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.
Exotic aromas of peach, apricot, lychee and leather suggest a robust palate presence. The wine is expansive and velvety with a creamy texture over the long finish. This is Indice 2 so just slightly off-dry.
This pairs well with assertive cuisines with personality, including chile heat, black pepper, various types of curry. This will also accompany salty or aged cheeses with strong character.
GRAPES: 100% Gewürztraminer
APPELLATION: Vin d'Alsace
ACIDITY: 2.48 g/l
AGING: In neutral wood cask
MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION: Yes
Unique Selling Points
A Roche series wine with intensity and typicity for early consumption
The Roulee wines are generous and forward, due to full sun exposure and stony soils
A crucial link between the basic gewurztraminer and more lofty Grand Cru expressions
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