Famille Hugel's Riesling "Estate" is a new selection "parcellaire" of carefully chosen plots of the estate situated in the most prestigious crus of Riquewihr. Most of the plots chosen for this new wine are being converted into Organic viticulture. The unique clay soils of Riquewihr, in and around the Sporen give a characteristic density to wines from this remarkable terroir. A wine of depth and of patience.
Vinification: Grapes are taken in small tubs to the presses, which are filled by gravity, without any pumping or other mechanical intervention. After pressing, the must is decanted for a few hours, then fermented in temperature-controlled barrels or vats (at 18 to 24°C). The wine is racked once, before natural clarification during the course of the winter. The following spring, the wine is lightly filtered just before bottling, and the bottles are then aged in the cellars until released for sale. The entire production of this wine is closed with DIAM the cork without the risk of cork taint.
From The Wine Advocate "The Estate range is a new creation for Riesling and Gewurztraminer grown in selected, family-owned plots in Riquewihr's top sites. The Riesling comes from the marl soils of the area around Schoenenbourg, the Gewurztraminer from the clay soils of the Sporen where the family owns eight hectares. Both Riesling and Gewurztraminer represent 40% each of the family's vineyards, which adds up to 30 hectares."
Originally from northern Italy, this is the emblematic grape of our region due to its slow maturation with cool nights giving its full varietal expression. Dry but full and intensely aromatic.
Sourced mainly in the Sporen and the Schoenenbourg, the 2013 Gewurztraminer Estate (formerly named Tradition) shows a clear and aromatic bouquet with orange peel and kumquat aromas. On the palate, this is a rich and elegant, piquant and salty, well-balanced, but tension-filled Gewurz with a lot of vitality. This is a dry-styled Gewurz that will drink very well today and over the next 8-10 years, although it could eventually be drying. However, it's excellent with food now.
Score: 90 PointsWine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
Sleek acidity and a streak of smoky mineral are layered with flavors of fresh herb, melon rind and candied grapefruit peel in this fresh, light- to medium-bodied white. Aromatic finish. Drink now through 2022.
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