|Grape/Varietal : Pinot Gris||Color : White|
|Origin : Alsace||Bottle Size : 75cl|
|Region : France||ABV : 12.5%|
|Vintage : 2018||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 .
Made from 100% Pinot Gris; HInts of Lemon curd, apricots, chamomile and straw. Very aromatic. Labelled as dry wine and also comes across as such despite a rich oily texture. Fruit character is more predominant on the nose rather than the palate which is more herbaceous. Well balanced structure.
Pairs Well With:
Puerto Rican Pork Skewers (Pinchos)
Khruangbin - Dern Kala