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Olivier Humbrecht is one of the world's most renowned winegrowers. He is a Master of Wine and has been described by Robert Parker as the greatest white winemaker on earth. Yet he is very soft spoken, humble, and self-deprecating, which makes him perfectly suited to his assumed role as a global ambassador of wine. He is a champion of terroir, biodynamic farming principles, and non-interventionist winemaking, whose family have been winegrowers in Alsace for 12 generations (since 1620). He is...
The nose is so easy to recognize and it is already very open. Of course, all the floral elements are present, so typical from this vineyard, but there is also a nice presence of more complex spicy and peppery aromatics. The palate shows an unexpected structure. Enhanced by its dry palate, the wine isn’t showing a soft/sweet mouthfeel, on the opposite, tannins, ripe acidity and a strong mineral presence allow for a complex and tight palate. Luckily, 2016 shows lower alcohol levels, so it is also a wine that is elegant and not overpowering. Hard to believe, but this Gewurztraminer is a very food friendly wine as well!
The Gewurztraminer grape was always important in the village of Turckheim. Its position at the opening of the large Munster valley guarantees a warm and dry climate, especially during the ripening season, factors which are important for this grape that needs warmth and light to ripen properly. It is true that the greatest vineyards for Gewurztraminer are mostly located on richer marl/limestone soils, but the gravelly soils of Turckheim show immensely unique wines.
Ripeness is never an issue, but finding the right balance is the difficult part. In 2016, the grapes stayed healthy. Like most recent vintages, this vineyard was harvested before the grapes developed too much alcoholic power, allowing the wine to finish dry.
- 91 Points -
Honeysuckle, wet earth and peach pop up amid intense notes of damask rose. The palate is equally perfumed, covered by a veil of rose perfume that makes this wine seem richer than it actually is. Backbone and concentration comes from zesty citrus and a mere lick of residual sugar. All elements come together in an attractive package.See detailed press review
- 91 Points -
From the Herrenwweg area, the intensely citrus colored 2016 Gewurztraminer Turckheim is from vines averaging 47 years old and opens with a very precise and slightly smoky bouquet with lovely spicy Gewurtz notes. Full-bodied yet clean and crisp on the palate, this is an intense, elegant and perfectly balanced wine that fermented down to 3.6 grams of residual sugar, while the alcohol is a moderate 13.6%. It already tasted brilliant but can be kept for a decade.See detailed press review