Alsace Willm - Riesling - Reserve
Alsace Willm - Riesling - Reserve

White Wine Alsace Willm - Riesling - Reserve 2017

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Item# 451C-17

Product Ratings

Wine Enthusiast 90pt

Estate

The Riesling is the King of Alsace and among the world’s greatest grapes. The juice is white and the wines are dry, racy with great definition of the fruit. Grown on mineral soils, it expresses floral and mineral character offering great ageing potential. In Alsace, Riesling acquires distinctive concentration perfectly balanced by the acidity.

Vinification

2017:Vintage with a long and hard winter, beautiful days in March, but 2 nights of frost in April which interrupted the growth and proved to be devastating. Continuing cool temperatures resulted in the loss of 35% of the harvest. It is also the fifth hottest summer in the last 40 years. A small crop and quite warm weather led to rapid maturing of the healthy grapes, deeply concentrated in flavor. 2017 will without doubt be one of the best vintages of the decade.

Ageing

The juice is decanted in order to begin the winemaking with a clean and clear must. We inoculate with selected neutral yeasts to start the alcoholic fermentation. The fermentation takes place in temperature controlled stainless steel vats (64 Fahrenheit / 18 Celsius) and takes between 4 to 6 weeks. It is followed by a maturing on the fine lees for another 2 to 3 months. The wines are then racked, cold stabilized and go through a light filter (Kieselguhr). The wine is then finished and stays in tempered tank until the bottling. The wines are generally bottled between 8 and 10 months following the harvest.

Vineyard

The most famous grape variety of Alsace and the most cultivated (25% of the production in Alsace). Riesling is the latest-ripening of the Alsace varietals. It needs cool nights in order to reach maturity. The good side is that this grape variety has no equal when it comes to expressing the terroir through its dryness and minerality. It is best suited to poor and even stony soils, with abundant light exposure.
 

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