Domaine Hurst Gewürztraminer Vendanges Tardives 2018
A stunning late picked Gewurztraminer from the excellent Domaine Hurst in Alsace.
Gewurztraminer Vendanges Tardives is my favourite style of Gewurz as the richness and sweetness of the late picked fruit and the spice notes of the Gewurz really sing and Hurst’s is a cracker.
Due to its position nestling under the Vosges mountains Alsace has some of the longest sunshine hours and the lowest rainfall in France So the grape can be left on the vine in good years till late October for the Vendanges Tardives wines or early November for the Botrytis affected Sélection de Grains Nobles wines.
Domaine Hurst dates from 1926 but the family’s vinous roots go back to the 17th century, now run by thirteenth generation Armand Hurst and his wife Nicole. With a financial investment in 2016 from Marc Rinaldi, Colmar industrialist, serial entrepreneur and long-time benefactor of the Alsace vignoble, the estate has been transformed. Marc brought in a new team led by Samuel Tottoli, a sommelier turned winemaker who had previously spent more than a dozen years reinvigorating the famous Alsace house of Kuentz-Bas. The transformation here has been swift and dramatic with notable gains in concentration, texture and vitality, all of them shaped by the peculiar geology of their large holding in the Grand Cru of Brand’s granitic soils. A new biodynamic regime saw the entirety of the domaine certified by Demeter in 2019
|Colour / Type||White|
|Bottle Size||750 ml|
|Maturity||Drinking well now but will age beautifully too|
|Style||Medium-full bodied, Aromatic, Fruity, Long, Powerful|