Gewürztraminer Réserve, Cave de Hunawihr,
Alcohol (ABV): 12.5%
This wine is pale, straw yellow colour with an elegant silver tint. The nose is complex with delicate aromas of lychee, mango and rose. Full-bodied, this off-dry wine has a refreshing acidity with hints of rose lingering on the finish.
This small co-operative, founded in 1954, has 110 members and 200 hectares of vineyard in the Haut-Rhin, nine kilometres from Colmar. Their wines are vinified using only their members' grapes, with a focus on expressing the rich diversity of Alsatian soils.
Sheltered from oceanic influence by the Vosges Mountains, the Alsace wine region has a semi-continental climate which stays sunny and dry throughout the growing season, and this lengthens the ripening period for the grapes. The slopes surrounding Hunawihr, a picturesque village of half-timbered houses and a 14th century church, are some of the most celebrated in Alsace for grape-growing. Cave de Hunawihr’s fruit is sourced from 25- year-old vines grown in vineyards running along the south and south-east facing hillside slopes around the village, at an altitude of 250-320 metres. The vineyards cover an area of 36 hectares, located on a geological fault line across Ribeauvillé which gives soils composed of clayey limestone marl and chalky gravels.
The 2018 vintage was very good. Budburst was later than normal however a very hot summer allowed harvest to begin from 27th August. Yields were higher than average and the grapes were of a high quality.
This Gewürztraminer was made from a blend of micro-parcels from the Hunawihr vineyards, picked at optimum ripeness. Fermentation took place at controlled temperatures of 16-18°C for three weeks, followed by four months in stainless-steel tanks to settle before careful filtration. No malolactic fermentation was allowed to take place.