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Gewurztraminer – Selection de Grains Nobles

Gewurztraminer – Selection de Grains Nobles

Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, Herrenweg de Turkheim, Vieilles Vignes 2008

Alsace, France

This is unquestionably one of the greatest sweet wines in the world, and we’re delighted to be able to offer you this rarity.

Olivier Zind-Humbrecht, one of the few French Masters of Wine, farms his vineyard on biodynamic principles. All vineyard work is done in accordance with the lunar calendar, with special focus on the positioning of the planets. Special natural preparations are infused into the soil to increase the microbial life, and create a healthy balance and environment for the vine to produce top quality fruit.

The berries that are harvested are affected by the special and elusive noble rot that results in the classification SGN, or Selection de Grains Nobles, the pinnacle of sweet wine quality in Alsace.  The old vines in the village of Herrenweg de Turkheim produce a miniscule amount of wine, which is then fermented in small neutral wooden vats.

This sweet wine shows a classic golden sheen. The nose is perfumed, heady, sweet, and bursts with tropical fruits. There is tremendous depth and character. The palate is complex, with a myriad of flavors colliding to produce a fabulous expression of sweet Gewurztraminer at its best.

Food and wine pairing: Fruit based desserts or soft cheese is the perfect pairing.

Gruner Veltliner

Gruner Veltliner

Buchegger, Gebling, 2011

Austria

Austria is quickly marking a mark on the international wine scene for her unique Gruner Veltliners. At a tasting of this varietal alongside top white Burgundies Jancis Robinson MW commented that the Gruner’s were superior.

The finest regions are in Lower Austria, in the Kamptal and Kremstal districts. Here, Walter Buchegger crafts his small production wines. He practices sustainable viticulture, ensuring that the qualities of the land are preserved for future generations.

Fermentation is primarily in stainless steel at cool temperatures. This creates a pale bright straw color, and heightens the aromatics of celery, nettle, citrus and white pepper. The palate is dry, medium bodied, with clean acidity racing through the vibrant fresh green fruit flavors, all complemented by a streak of minerality.

Gruner Veltliner can age well and the single vineyard wines, like this one from the Gebling site, express their origin beautifully.

Food and wine pairing: Fresh seafood like salmon or tuna pair well, as does sushi and spicy Asian dishes.

Sweet Chenin Blanc

Sweet Chenin Blanc

Chateau de Fesles, AC Bonnezeaux, 2010

Loire valley, France

Chateau de Fesles is considered to be the leading estate in the tiny Loire valley appellation of Bonnezeaux. The property can trace its history back to 1070, owned by a succession of families who fell in love with the great sweet wines of the Loire.

Whilst not as famous as Sauternes or Hungary’s Tokaji, the tiny appellation of Bonnezeaux produces wines that are on a par with the world’s best. Chenin Blanc thrives in this region south west of Paris.

The moderately warm summers can lead into long sunny autumns. The rivers that run nearby create a humid environment that results in foggy mornings, the ideal conditions for botrytis. The berries slowly shrivel, increasing the ratio of sugar to juice, and developing succulent honeyed flavours.

Picked by hand, sometimes berry by berry, the miniscule yield equates to approximately one glass of wine from each vine.  Making great sweet wine is a labour of love.

Brilliant golden shades and rich viscosity frame the appearance. Honeycomb, brown sugar, pineapple and light fresh tropical fruits draw the nose in. The sheer depth commands attention.  The sweetness washes over the palate, saturating the senses, and yet the acidity dances across the palate, keeping a certain lightness, elegance, and delicacy to the wine.

This is one of the world’s great sweet wines. We hope you enjoy it.

Food and Wine pairing: ideally with light pastry desserts, cheesecake, fresh fruit plates, and soft cheeses.

Malbec

Malbec

Luigi Bosca, Lujan de Cuyo, Reserva, 2010

Mendoza, Argentina

Argentina has a long winemaking history, dating back hundreds of years ago. The early European settlers brought vine cuttings with them and planted vineyards. Today, drinking red wine with meals is very much a part of daily Argentine culture.

Luigi Bosca was established in 1901. The company has been a pioneer in Argentina, spearheading the country’s focus on exports, changing the style of wines to suit modern tastes, and creating denominations of origin in the Mendoza region. This wine comes from a single vineyard in the ultra-prestige Lujan de Cuyo district.

The average age of the vines in this Malbec is 50 years old. With age the vine roots delve deep into the subsoil, in search of nutrients and water. The character of the soil and the climate manifests itself in the berries, resulting in a classic Argentine style.

Always deep in color, with a shade of blue and purple at the rim, the appearance looks rich and powerful. The nose shows abundant ripeness, with black cherries, blackcurrant and milk chocolate. The palate is full, concentrated, and shows vanilla and toasty notes married with black fruits.

Food and wine pairing: Steak or lamb pair beautifully.