Exactly like the Pinot Gris from the same area, the vineyards used to make this wine all originate from the Cru Village Turckheim. Both grapes are planted in the same area and are often side by side. The main difference is perhaps the age of the vines as some of them are really very old vines (planted in the late 1940s and 50s). The single vineyard Herrenweg is in the middle of what should become the Cru Turckheim.
Gewurztraminer is a variety that is highly aromatic. The ‘Gewurz’ comes from the German word meaning ‘spice’ and is a cousin of the Alto-Adige variety called Traminer. It often produces very heady wines with lots of rose petal, lychee, honeysuckle, honey, tropical fruit and sweet spices. Due to the high sugar content, this is a style of wine that can endure decades in bottle and often produces high alcohol wines, naturally.
The nose shows less of the typical floral aromas but much more spicy intensity. Quite open at this early stage, it has a nice purity. Like many 2014s, the attack and palate is more intense than expected. The wine has a dry structure but delicate roundness, enhanced by nice acidity so there is neither excess weight nor austerity or bitterness. The wine opens up very nicely and is showing less varietal character. The finish is dry, long and harmonious. This makes it extremely interesting with food, and not just of the spicy type too.
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