Schlumberger ‘Les Princes Abbes’ Alsace Gewurztraminer 2007

Gewurztraminer from France - Alsace
Review Date : 11-Nov-2012
Straw-yellow colour with golden hues. The nose is softly full and dense with aromas of yellow stonefruits and secondary hair-oil notes along with ginger and earth. Dryish to taste, the palate is tight and reserved in expression, with reserved stonefruits, earth and minerals, revealing ginger and hair-oil. The alcohol is well balanced and the low acidity not taking away from the liveliness and drive, but providing a little unctuousness. The flavours are linear rather than nuanced and the wine finishes crisply. One to drink over the next 2-3 years. Fruit primarily from the ‘Bollenberg' and ‘Bux' sites, fermented to 12.98% alc. and 14.1 g/L rs, the wine aged 6-8 months on lees. 16.5+/20 Nov 2012 RRP $47.50 Fruit from the ‘Bollenberg' and ‘Bux' sites with some grand cru material, fermented to 12.98% alc, and 14.1 g/L rs, the wine spending 6-8 months on lees. Pale straw-yellow colour with light green hues, youthful in appearance, this has a soft, full, rich nose of exotic florals, perfumed rose-water with hints of spices. Medium-dryish to taste, there is weight and presence allied to gentle richness and lusciousness, the Turkish Delight and spices harmoniously interwoven with the soft textures. There is still good acid freshness and a degree of tension, and some secondary honey and ‘hair-oil' flavours are beginning to show on the finish. This is on a plateau; drink over the next 3-4+ years.   Aug 2011

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