Domaine Valentin Zusslin, Vieilles Vignes, Sylvaner, AOC/AOP Alsace, Orschwihr, France, 2004.
This wine: varietal sylvaner, Demeter biodynamic registered, natural cork closure with inset wax cap, 12.5% abv, Gauntleys, bin end £4 (2016).
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity gold, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of pronounced intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of slightly high-toned honeyed over-ripe pineapple, over-ripe apricot and yellow peach, dried orange peel, spice, anise, nutty and waxy hints.
Palate: off-dry, medium acidity, medium alcohol and a medium (+) body, with a velvety texture and a very light grip, a medium (+) intensity, with flavours of honeyed over-ripe peach, mango, sweet baked pineapple and gorse flower (delicate coconut-like). A long length with a clean rich ripe fruit finish, with a slight bitterness on the end.
Quality: a very good quality wine, finely balanced acidity with intensity of flavour, decent concentration and showing some complexity, following into the long, richly flavoured length.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: drink now, unsuitable for further ageing – the acid balance is on the edge and the wine fully developed.