New Release - Domaine Weinbach's 2015s

New Release - Domaine Weinbach's 2015s
The 2015 vintage at Domaine Weinbach has produced exceptional wines, albeit in smaller volumes than they, and we, would have wanted. It was a vintage primarily defined by warm and dry conditions, much as in Burgundy and elsewhere in France, with a particularly acute wave of hot weather throughout July. Timely rains in August, 9mm on the 9th alone, helped to refresh the vines and prevent serious hydric stress, while simultaneously heralding the start of cooler weather, at night in particular, which prevented excessive sugar accumulation and allowed the grapes to maintain good levels of acidity. In the end, harvest for the Fallers began relatively early, on 8th September and lasted through until 5th November with the last grapes to come in being some exceptionally delicious late harvest Gewurztraminer from the Grand Cru Furstentum. All the Schlossberg Rieslings were harvested between 22nd and 28th September.

With this set of wines Domaine Weinbach once again proves to be a benchmark estate in Alsace, capable of producing wines of incredible elegance, balance and poise. The Rieslings run from the steel of Schlossberg’s highest vines, to Cuvee Colette’s wonderful succulent fruit and the lip-smacking tenderness of a magical Vendanges Tardives; Gewurztraminers are exuberant and powerful but also possess a singular Weinbach elegance; while the Pinot Gris Altenbourg is a picture of complex pleasure. Great vineyards account for half the story; a passionate, dedicated family adhering to traditional values and gentle winemaking techniques completes the picture.