Golden yellow with bright reflections.
The 2015 Clos Saint Urban Rangen de Thann Riesling Grand Cru from Zind Humbrecht has a rich nose of ripe peaches, mango, candied orange and slightly tart notes reminiscent of kumquats or bitter orange. Spicy aromas of myrrh or frankincense hover over the heart. Everything is underpinned by wet pebbles and the impression of light saltiness. A wine that should be plunged headfirst into the carafe and aerated for at least two hours. Multilayered, dense, complex and of course much too young.
On the palate, the wine directly lines the mouth with fine-grained, ripe tannin. With minimalist fruit, it seems sparse but has high internal tension with great vibration. Despite this disciplinarian start, it is generous with a full-bodied mouthfeel The acidity is wide-ranging and underpinned by rich minerality, and despite the warm year, it is surprisingly leanly accomplished with modest 13%. A wine that, after sufficient aeration, quietly tells of the future. With all curiosity, cellar it!
Food recommendations from Sebastian Bordthäuser
- Smoked tofu with sesame, wakame seaweed and yuzu ponzu
- Pike perch fillet on creamy leek with mandarin oil and sesame seeds
- Glazed sweetbreads on rutabaga-vanilla puree
Domaine Zind Humbrecht, 4 Route de Colmar, 68230 Turckheim / France, Organic certificate: FR-BIO-01