J Hauller, La Petite Taverne, Sylvaner, AOP Alsace, France, 2013
Nomacorc closure, green flute bottle with a flat base (a note on bottle size and shape), 12.5% abv, en France, about €4
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas of sweet ripe red dessert apple, pineapple skin, grapefruit with a hint of stone fruit, fennel and a floral hint.
Palate: a dry wine, with medium acidity, the slightest gummy grip, medium alcohol and a medium (-) body, medium intensity, with a smooth texture, with flavours of unripe indistinct stone fruit, pineapple skin and ripe dessert apple. A medium length with a clean lightly gummy and appley finish.
Quality: a good quality wine, with balanced acidity and alcohol in keeping with the flavour intensity. A wine with a decent concentration of flavour, from a little maceration on the skins, witnessed by the slight grip, and showing some interesting complexity on the nose, but with a fairly simple palate, and following through to a modest length.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: ready to drink now. Whilst showing a deft overall balance, the intensity of flavour following through to the modest length, suggest that this wine will hold for 1-2 years, but not improve.