Our Pinot Gris is proudly nestled in the top vineyards of the exclusive Heimbourg vineyard in Turckheim. Due to its rugged steepness, the constant wind and minimal topsoil on a foundation of limestone, it is the perfect place for a less aspired ripening and the retention of the grapes well into the season, entirely without premature harvest emergency. This demanding growing environment can be fatal to a Riesling grape or a Gewürztraminer, which prefer sheltered, warmer growing conditions, which explains the presence of Pinot Gris in the region. With careful selection, healthy grapes could be used to produce this dry wine, with the remaining botrytis-affected grapes, characterised by high acidity and striking sweetness, being harvested at a later date.
The sight resembles that of glowing amber.
The 2008 vintage of the Heimbourg Pinot Gris Selection de Grains Nobles impresses with its intense, densely woven aroma. Clove, galangal, toasted almond nuances and the lush fruity note as well as plump sweetness let you dive in enthusiastically. Nuances of bitter orange marmalade, candied orange peel, dried mango, fresh ginger and ripe vineyard peach characterise the aromatic profile. A crystal clear, opulently concentrated dessert wine youth opens up here.
On the palate, the intense sweetness, spice and fruit combine with a stimulating acidity and salty minerality that is second to none. This dessert wine jewel trumps with freshness and elegance, it is a masterful composition from the house of Zind-Humbrecht and a wine made to last for decades, with fantastic ageing potential.
This wine is perfect to enjoy with:
- Pâté en Croûte with duck liver and pear-walnut salad
- Goat's cheese tart with lavender honey and crunchy hazelnut ice cream
- Puff pastry wrapped camembert served with black summer truffle.
Domaine Zind Humbrecht, 4 Route de Colmar, 68230 Turckheim / France, Organic certificate: FR-BIO-01