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Riesling AC 2016, Zellenberg
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  • 279. Riesling AC 2016, Zellenberg

    Marc Tempé

    100% Riesling (12.5% alc., 0.8g/l of rs)

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    From seven parcels of on average 50yo vines in the Zellenberg commune – younger vines in the lieu-dit of Burgreben, plus some rows from the Grafenreben lieu-dit. Full bodied, earthy and appley, textured and mineral, this achieves the duality of being both broad and precise in flavour, exemplary balance and tension. For drinking now to 2022.

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Anne-Marie and Marc Tempé
Village of Zellenberg (nr Riquewihr), younger vines in the lieu-dit Burgreben and some rows in the lieu-dit Grafenreben.
Size of domaine
8 hectares (of which Riesling for this cuvée is 1ha). Around 30 parcels in total in the villages of St Hippolyte, Hunawihr, Zellenberg, Riquewihr, Sigolsheim and Kientzheim.
100% Riesling. Massale selection. 50 year old vines on average. 4.000 vines per hectare trained double guyot.
Clayey marls from Lias and schist-marls with limestone on a bedrock of sandstone/limestone. Various exposition.
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 to 40 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 old foudres for 18 to 24 months. Malolactics completed. SO2 kept at minimum level and only at bottling (SO2 libre: around 30 mg/l – SO2 total: 50-70 mg/l).
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