Zegwur 2018

Winery Domaine Durrmann

Region Alsace, France

Grapes Gewürztraminer 100%
ProfileThis is a playful take on a typically heavy wine. Intense floral aromas of orchid, lily, and rose mix with honey, lychee, and ripe peach notes. On the palate, there is a discernible bitter element as well as an Asian spice and almond finish. The wine is bone dry and has a lot of texture from skin contact.
Grape GrowingThe Durrmann estate farm has been certified organic since 1998. The best description of their philosophy is “agro-ecology.” The vineyards are settled on steep and rocky hills, so their soils are left covered in grass to prevent erosion and to help maintain their natural fertility. André has also planted trees in and around the vineyards to act as a natural umbrella to shade the vines and Yann introduced sheep into the vineyards in 2004. Yann cultivates his vines without cutting branches during the summer because it hurts the plant and goes again the natural character of the vine. He rolls up the branches to have an expanded surface area to receive sunshine. This vitality allows them to harvest fully ripened grapes and have a natural ripe fruit character in the wines.
WinemakingGrapes are gently pressed for 8 hours, leaving noticeable phenolic bitterness from skin contact. Fermentation with native yeasts in stainless steel, and elevage in inox tanks for 4 months on its full lees. The wine is lightly racked once, the day before bottling.
More About the WineZegwur is an anagram of Gewurz. Yann named it so as it is an atypical style of wine for this grape in Alsace. Gewürztraminer is almost always made into a sweeter wine.

Wine Data

Alc13

RS0 g/L

SulfurNone Added

SoilGranite

Altitude260m (853ft)

Vineyard Age10-25 years

Production Size4,000 bottles

PairingChoucroute garnis, French onion soup, Pork or chicken sausage, Yellow curry, Green curry, Radishes, Chicken pot pie, Fried catfish Cuisines: Alsatian, French, German, Indian, Vegetarian, American

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