Beautiful perfume of stone fruit, stone fruit nectar, sweet flowers, faint wet stone. It's an attractive, heady fragrance. In the palate, slippery, sleek, slides around the mouth and finishes in a reasonably lush kind of way. That being said, there's a lovely undercurrent of clean acidity which neatly matches the slip of runny-honeyed character that defines the wine.
Wine Of Origin
Aromatic White Wine
Viticulture: 25+ yrs vines on .60 ha of pure granite. Location: The Clos is located near Ribeauville at the foot of the trios châteaux and next to the grand cru Kirchberg. It is a terraced hillside of granite with south-east exposure. Viticulture: Ostertag has been practicing biodynamic viticulture since 1998, doing all vineyard work and harvesting by hand and using no chemical fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, or fungicides. The domaine owns 14.4 hectares of vineyards in over 80 separate plots spread over the villages of Epfig, Nothalten, Itterswiller, Ribeauvillé, and Albé. Vinification: The fruit is pressed gently, and indigenous yeasts induce a long fermentation that continues until the wines are fully dry (with the exception of the Gewurztraminer). André defies his region’s conventions by fermenting and aging his Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris in oak barrels, in the style of Burgundy, where these varietals originated. He uses 228L oak barrels produced from an area of the Vosges mountains that is adjacent to his domaine. The Pinot Gris is aged for one year on the lees, and the Pinot Blanc for 9 months. All other grapes are fermented and aged in stainless steel cuve. Very little new oak is used and it has a very light toast. All used barrels come from the domaine and may be 1 year or up to 20 years old.