Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Hengst Grand Cru 2018

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  • South Melbourne
  • Sydney

Welcome to the spice cabinet! Deep, dark and unctuous, this is an enormously spicy gewurz that’s got so much structure (great tannins, like a top red!) that the sweetness is pushed into the background. And the super long finish is so graceful that even a gewurz skeptic like me is seduced. (97) STUART PIGOTT

Ripe Mirabelle, candied tangerine and barley-sugar notes dance on the intense nose of this wine. On the palate these flavors burst with tempered sweetness, reveling in the intense pithiness of tangerine zest. This wine is concentrated, elixir-like and sweet, yet racy with citrus and appetizing with its intense juiciness. (95) WINE ENTHUSIAST

The Gewurztraminer Hengst is produced from two very old vines. One was planted by my grand father Emile Zind in the early 1950s, the second one by another wine producer that said that it was planted in the 1920s. We purchased this vineyard in 1978, and already then he had forgotten the exact year! Not only is the Grand Cru Hengst an amazing spot for this grape variety (dry climate, sun exposition, red limestone…), we are also lucky that the choice of the vines, made by massal selection at the time, was exemplary. Modern clones of Gewurztraminer do not pay justice to this fantastic grape variety. They were sadly chosen to maximize varietal characteristics and volume. Gewurztraminer also suffers in the current market situation as it is traditionally a richer wine that requires special attention when pairing with food. Whatever happens, Hengst will always produce some Gewurztraminer on the domaine Zind-Humbrecht! This is such a great terroir and the 2018 is the absolute proof!

Intense rich yellow colour. The nose has to make you travel somewhere warm and exotic. There are intense spicy, smoky complex, rich herbal aromatics that come out of the wine, slowly and persistently. The palate is serious, almost tight, displaying rich tannins and a powerful structure. This is a big wine, but not a heavy wine. It has all the energy and strength that its name would suggest 'the stallion'. Harmonious luscious finish, quite joyous! I cannot imagine someone tasting this wine and not smile…. OLIVIER HUMBRECHT MW