2016 | 2012 | 2009

Riesling de Rorschwhir
2016 Riesling


Vineyard: Several vineyards located within the village of Rorschwhir.
Soil Type: A mosaic of soil types; limestone, marl, clay, muschelkalk, conglomerate.
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Irrigation: No irrigation
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Pierre Gassman, champion of biodynamic cultivation in Alsace,
insists on late harvesting and lengthy cellaring after bottling,
creating amply sweet yet balanced styles. In-depth knowledge of
the family estate (a complex mosaic of limestone and marls) and
pursuit of low yields promote precise expression of different terroirs.
This Riesling comes from a selection of vineyards located within the
village of Rorschwhir, see the terroir map on the Rolly Gassmann
opening page. Harvested at optimum ripeness, Pierre Gassmann
considers that the grapes are ripe when the pip has turned orange
brown inside the grape.
Harvest is done by hand, as most things at the estate. The
philosophy that guides the Rolly Gassmann family is to express the
true terroir with little interference with the vines as possible,
rigorous selection of grapes, and the most careful handling of both
harvest and vinification to produce wines of the highest quality and
The grapes are taken to the cellar, gently pressed and taken into
individual fermentation tanks where no yeast is added, fermentation
is done using indigenous yeast. Each vineyard has its own
fermentation tank and is vinified separately. Once fermentation is
completed and the wine is left to rest and it is bottled within 11
months from harvest. Fermentation can take a few months to
complete depending on the circumstances, bottling normally
happens just before the next harvest. The bottles are then laid to
rest for a couple of years at least for the less complex wines, more
elaborate cuvées will be kept aside for many years before being
released, as much as 20 years and more.

Tasting Notes:

Color: bright light yellow.
Nose: Spicy and floral with hints of orange and ginger.
Palate: It is fresh and mineral, juicy with some peach and
orange. Well balanced with a lively acidity and subtle
ginger on the finish.
Other: This Riesling will go well with spicy dishes, Thai
cuisine, Korma curry, chicken Tikka or Tandoori.

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