A late-picked wine from a Grand Cru Alsatian site. It’s too easy to typecast Gewurtztraminer as a beginner’s wine, but it can interest more than neophytes, especially when the wine is from Alsace.
The cork was in immaculate condition, and the wine a bright clear medium gold colour. The excitement begins- intoxicatingly floral- tropical fruits, ripe apricot, mandarine, ripe pear, musk-stick and cinnamon; the palate continues this interest- it’s extensive, with enough acidity to carry the 54 g/l of residual sugar. The wine is beginning to dry, and was likely to have been better a year or two ago (with cork vagaries, a bottle consumed a year ago was not as lively, showing some oxidation).
A faint touch of hardness probably reflects a combination of its age and alcohol level. Absolutely no complaints overall, as the bottle contents vanished rapidly.
Drink now, 91 points