|Grape/Varietal : Riesling||Color : White|
|Origin : Alsace||Bottle Size : 75cl|
|Region : France||ABV : 12.5%|
|Vintage : 2016||Natural Factor: Biodynamic, Demeter|
André Ostertag does not confine himself to the traditional Alsatian way of treating the varieties he has in his vineyards. Being a second generation wine-maker - his German family ('Ostertag' meaning 'Easter Day') founding the then 3ha estate in 1966 - André had evidently been put in his place by the elders; those looking askance at this Lycee Viticole de Beaune graduate and upstart who dared to put Pinot Gris in oak (despite the grape's Cote d'Or heritage). That was 1983, when his towering Muenchberg Pinot Gris was denied the honour to be labelled as such, becoming 'A360P' overnight, its grid-reference. 'Before' he smiles knowingly, 'I had to find my place, but I'm older now'.
In 1998 he converted his 12.5 hectares to full biodynamic production. His “Vins de Pierre” label are terroir wines with a 20 year life depending on the vintage, and the vines in these vineyards represent this special link between earth and sky (and perhaps it is no wonder that the produce of which, grapes and wine, were believed by ancient Egyptians to possess divine qualities).The “Vins de Fruit” label (including Sylvaner VV and Pinot Blanc Barriques) blends fruit from across vineyards in a fruit forward expression and with a 5 - 7 years life .
The 2016 was hand-picked on the 10th, 12th and 17th of october. The grapes were gently pressed whole-bunch, with a pneumatic press. It was then slowly fermented with the wild yeasts, and aged on its lees in stainless steel tank for one year. It was bottled early september 2017 with a final balance of 12.5° and 3 gr/L natural residual sugar – Dry Wine. Certified Organic and Biodynamic. This village wine is a pure expression of the Riesling fruit. The result is a delicate Riesling driven by white flowers, white peach and vine blossoms aromas. The mouth is round and salivating, with a fine and long acidity, and a salty sensation in the finish. There is a real nobility in this graceful Riesling
Pairs Well With:
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