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Domaine Ostertag Riesling Heissenberg 2017
Domaine Ostertag Riesling Heissenberg 2017

Our Price: $300.00
Bottle-size : 75 cl

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André Ostertag is clearly one of the most dynamic producers in Alsace today, and certainly one the highest rated. Where in many areas Alsace has fallen behind star producers in Germany and Austria, Ostertag is one that bucks this trend. This is a family-run property comprising 12 hectares spread over more than 75 small plots of vines within five villages: Epfig (55%); Nothalten (34%); Itterswiller (4%); Ribeauvillé (6%); and Albé (1%). André is passionate and free-thinking, and his wines reflect this. Biodynamism was extended to 100% of the domaine in 1998, precluding any use of herbicides, chemical fertilisers and insecticides. All viticultural work is done manually, including harvest. In the cellar, press cycles are long and gentle, fermentations are long and conducted without artificial yeasts, and wines are left on their lees. Barrels are used for Pinot Blanc, Gris (sometimes) and Pinot Noir. There is little or no filtration of any of the wines, which rank among the finest in all of Alsace today.

Coming from a very hot, steep, south-facing slope on red sandstone and gneiss, the 2015 Heissenberg Riesling (picked on September 24) opens stunningly cool, clear, precise and fresh, with lemon flavors but also the crystallinity of milled gneiss and sandstone rocks. On the palate, this is an intense, ripe, concentrated and straight but juicy Riesling with a firm tannin structure and well-integrated acidity. It is pretty dense, rich, long and intense and reveals a great, complex finish with grip and even gooseberry flavors. Wine Advocate 93 (2015)

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