Steiner 2014 — Gewürztraminer
A Wine That
tastes how Gewürztraminer should — crystalline, focused and pure, with just a hint of rosewater and frankincense. There's nothing blousy or over-the-top about this wine; it's a wine that finds its Greatness in subtlety. It shimmies across the palate with the softest texture, with savoury elements of bergamot, rosemary spicy ginger appearing on the finish. A wine for explorers and lovers of flavour.
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- Winemaker: Jean-Pierre Frick
Where & How?
From the iconic Jean-Pierre Frick estate of Alsace the vines here have been tended lovingly with biodynamic principles since 1980. This is Gewürztraminer planted on the Steiner lieu-dit on very steep slopes in Pfaffenheim, on limestone soils.
The wine was aged on fine lees for ten months in old oak foudres. It was bottled in July 2015 with a tiny amount of sulphur.
Jean-Pierre Frick has captivated the world with his philosophical musings and his spellbinding no-sulphur wines. From humble beginnings here in Alsace, his winemaking style and biodynamic farming methods arose from conversations with friends and family, combined with a desire to follow nature’s path. In the late 70s he learnt about biodynamics from friends, and he took a 10-day course to study the philosophy in-depth. He says,
“The organic culture at the time hasn’t really changed compared to what it is now. By replacing synthetic products with non-chemical products - that’s a good step of course, it’s better for the microbiome of the soil and it helps against erosion. But by replacing a bad recipe with a better recipe, you’re still not really involving the person’s thinking. With biodynamics, however, you can live for 100 years and still never have answered the questions it raises. You expand your mind with observations and infinite studies. Human beings aren’t here to follow recipes, we’re here to find new ones, and to implicate ourselves.”