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Riesling AC 2013 Grafenreben
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  • 282. Riesling AC 2013 Grafenreben

    Marc Tempé

    100% Riesling (13.5% alc, 2.1g/l of rs)

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    From two parcels of vines, totalling 0.33h in the Grafenreben vineyard, which occupies the same flank as the Schoenenbourg Grand Cru spilling off the plateau just north of Riquewihr. The limestone soil here is relatively heavy with clay, making for a distinctly earthy and age-worthy Riesling. Deeper in colur and richer than the Zellenberg it’s all stony concentration, ripe fruit and beautiful balance. For drinking now to 2023.

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Marc Tempé
Village of Zellenberg (nr Riquewihr) ; 2 parcels in the lieu-dit Grafenreben
Size of domaine
8 hectares (of which Riesling Grafenreben is 0.33ha). Around 30 parcels in total in the villages of St Hippolyte, Hunawihr, Zellenberg, Riquewihr, Sigolsheim and Kientzheim.
Massale selection. Vines planted in 1950 in one parcel and in 1977 in the other parcel. 4.000 vines per hectare trained double guyot.
Heavy and porous limestone soil with clay. Depth of soil is 60cm to 1m. Facing East / South-East. Grafenreben occupies the same flank as the Schoenenbourg GC spilling off the plateau just North of Riquewihr.
Certified bio-dynamic viticulture (Ecocert©). Member of Renaissance des Appelations©. Plough 1 row in 2 April to June. Allow grass to grow in the other row until it seeds. Use homeopathic dose of horsetail, nettle and sulphur and very low levels of copper against oidium and mildew. Manual harvest, carefully sorted in the vineyards. 30 hectos per hectare yield.
Pneumatic press. Long slow pressing of the whole bunch (6 hours), followed by a static settling period (12 to 18 hours) with no additives used. Natural and indigenous yeasts only. No chaptalisation. Ageing on fine lees in used 225L barrels (from Anne-Claude Leflaive) for 24 months. SO2 kept at minimum level and only at bottling
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