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Bottle Size: 750ml
Rating: WA96+ SR
"Picked on November 5, the sample of 2015 Gewurztraminer Furstentum Vendange Tardive opens with a very clear, fresh, piquant and minerally flavored passion fruit bouquet. Rich, intense, fresh and piquant on the palate, this is a sweet and concentrated but highly elegant, finessed and well-structured VT. Although this wine is not yet approved as VT by the official board AVA, it is a gorgeous wine that has a great potential to age and to improve over the years on the bottle. To be released in September 2017.
Catherine Faller proudly presented me the 2015s of Domaine Weinbach in the middle of December 2016, introducing the vintage as "outstanding for all our varieties." The yields, 35 hectoliters per hectare, were slightly lower than normal, but according to Catherine, the wines are "concentrated and harmonious, with pure fruit aromas, a beautiful freshness and a very persistent finish." After a pretty normal winter, bud burst was around April 15.
A relatively warm spring with some heavy rainfalls in May lead to an early flowering in the first week of June. At the beginning of July, a heatwave set in that lasted 40 days and didn't see any drops of rain. Temperatures climbed above 40 degrees Celsius, but the vines were obviously well adapted to the drought, at least they were able to ripen without interruption. Rain returned only in the end of August, but there wasn't much of it. The warm daily temperatures were followed by cool night temperatures, so that the grapes ripened fully and with very good acidity levels.
On September 8, the harvest started pretty early at Weinbach, with Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir ("color, concentration, tannins and flavors were unbelievable") picked at perfect weather conditions. A few millimeters of rain in the middle of September didn't have any consequences on the sanitary state of the grapes. The Rieslings of the Schlossberg were picked between September 22 and 28 with potential alcohol levels up to 14.8%, but with "mouthwatering acidity." The voluptuous Gewurztraminers, of which a Vendange Tardive was picked in the Furstentum on November 5, are remarkable in their elegance." 96+ | SR