Gruss Alsace Riesling ‘Vieilles Vignes’ 2011

Riesling from France - Alsace
Review Date : 04-Jun-2013
Riesling from 1.55 ha in the ‘Wettolsheimerweg’ and ‘Praellatenberg’ sites, from vines over 40 y.o., hand-picked and WBP, then fermented to 13.2% alc. and 4.4 g/L rs, the wine undergoing batonnage. Bright, very pale straw-yellow colour with some green hues, pale on rim. The nose is delicate and softly elegant with clean, minerally infused lime and white stonefruit aromas, revealing notes of fresh apples and honeysuckle, and a suggestion of botrytis-like talc. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, soft, light lime and apple fruit flavours are enriched with honeysuckle notes. The mouthfeel is smooth with a fine flowing texture from gentle phenolics and gentle acidity providing good linear drive. The flavours are carried to a light, dry, long-lingering finish. This is a dry, soft-textured Riesling with lime and honeysuckle flavours. Serve as a aperitif and with canapés over the next 4+ years. 915 dozen made. 17.5/20 Mar 2013 RRP $32.00

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