Josmeyer, Les Folastries, Gewurztraminer, AOP Alsace, Grand Est, France, 2013
This wine: lot No. L158 (on bottle just below capsule edge), biodynamic, varietal gewurztraminer; Diam 5 agglomerate cork closure, 13.5% abv, ex-producer, €17.30 (07/16)
Last tasted 04/04/18.
Consumer tasting note: a typical gewurz, with a nose of lychee, tea rose, muscat and spice; full-bodied, with that signature velvety oiliness and low-key grip from this small berried variety, add pineapple flavours to the aromatic profile. A medium-long length.
Drink now – RTD, and will keep for 1-2 years – Wait. No need to decant, serve lightly chilled.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity lemon, showing tears [a small quantity of tartrate crystals].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of ripe white peach, lychee, muscat, rose Turkish delight, hints of meaty fat and wax, warm grapefruit segments, hint of honey, a vague hint of nuttiness.
Palate: off-dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (+) alcohol, full body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth velvety texture with a very low-key grip, with flavours of lychee, fresh cut pineapple, a little spicy, white peach, muscat, tea rose, again a vague nutty hint, and after 20 minutes or so, mango. A medium (+) length with a clean finish of white peach edged with lychee and tea rose, along with a very low-key grip.
Quality: very good, perfectly balanced acidity with alcohol plus off-dry residual sugar; a much better than average intensity throughout with similar concentration; again, showing better than moderate, but not a high level of complexity, with primary fruit and notes of bottle ageing (fat, honey, nuts, wax), follows into a sound medium-long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for 1-2 years – a sound structure and perfect balance, with decent indications throughout, showing some tertiary development, better to consume soon to retain the fresh primary character.