Gewürztraminer is one of the grapes that I have a bit of difficulty with it. It can be too much aromatic with heady scents of rose water and lychee which poses a bit of a challenge in my kitchen. It can go from dry to sweet depending on the producer and region. It does not go well with Southern Italian or Latin American cuisine but it is wonderful with Asian cuisine, specially Thai. Next time you order takeout or visit a BYOB Thai resto, consider Gewürztraminer
While doing an errand at my local SAQ in Repentigny, I spotted the Gewurztraminer Herrenweg De Turckheim 2012 ( SAQ # 11063904, $38.75) from Domaine Zind-Humbrecht. For many years, I have enjoyed the vibrant, complex and above all mystical wines of this mythical Alsatian producer.
The signature of each Zind-Humbrecht wine is its heightened sense of terroir: the expression of the vineyard is always clear and well defined.
Zind-Humbrecht is one of the founding members of the association La Renaissance des Appellations. This association was created in 2001 with the purpose of bringing together producers who shared the vision of Biodynamics and terroir. A few years back, they came to Montreal and did a wine fair. This was my introduction to Biodynamics. After that event, my approach to wine change completely. At the fair, I bought this little DVD. It gives you an introduction to Biodynamic agriculture
By virtue, the Herrenweg vineyard in Turckheim should be a Grand Cru. However under the direction of Zind-Humbrecht it manifest like one.
The Herrenweg, or “road of the gentlemen,” Vineyard takes it’s name for the location along the ancient roman way that linked Colmar to the passage through the Vosges Mountains. Its terroir is a composition of fine sand, silt and large pebbles which provide an excellent draining capacity and it is blessed with a warm climate that gives an aromatic intensity to the wines. The age of the vines (averaging 46 years) is crucial as deeper roots are less impqctee by poor weather and they can extract more minerality from the soil.
Powerful and structured reminiscent of nutmeg and cloves followed by streamlined notes of white peaches and vanilla bean. With aeration, aromas of honey and middle eastern desserts emerge. Fresh and creamy in the midpalate with a floral finale. Long aftertaste of heat ( hot peppers) and mineral dust.
What would I pair this wine with it?. Simply a Panang curry dish with chicken, tofu and shrimp.