Domaine Zind Humbrecht, Riesling, Clos Hauserer, AOC Alsace, Wintzenheim, Alsace, Grand Est, France, 2004
This wine: lot No. L145, varietal riesling, aged 13 months on the lees, coated natural cork closure, stained for 4mm, with an inset yellow wax cap, 13% abv, Gauntleys, £46 (06/15)
Consumer tasting note: an aged Alsace riesling, with a fully developed profile of dried citrus peel, baked peach and apple, dried pineapple, warmly honeyed and caramelised nuances, edged with a touch of hazelnut and just a frill of lime pith. Full bodied, a velvety mouthfeel, with fine balancing acidity. Finishes long.
Drink now – RTD, but will keep for 2-3 years – Wait. Decant for an hour.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity amber, showing tears [1/4 teaspoon of solid tartrates].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of honeyed dried orange and lemon peel, baked yellow peach, baked apple, dried pineapple, papaya, waxy, caramelised peach, a hint of hazelnut, a low-key hint of lime pith.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol, full body, pronounced intensity, a velvety almost oily texture with a low-key grip, with flavours of warm honey, baked tinned yellow peach, dried pineapple, a touch of nuttiness on the end. A long length with a clean baked and dried fruit finish, with a noticeable grip.
Quality: very good, perfectly balanced acidity with alcohol, altogether harmonious; showing a good intensity throughout, with at least as good concentration; of better than moderate complexity, with evidence of time in old neutral wood (the grip), and in bottle (the tertiary profile). Finishes soundly long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for 2-4 years – a sound structure and balance, with intensity, concentration and a soundly long length, fully developed with nowhere to go.