Jean Luc Mader Dry Pinot Gris Schlossberg Grand Cru 2013
The Mader domaine is a very small quantity, high quality wine producer based in the picture postcard village of Hunawihr in the middle of vineyards on the Route des Vins.
The family own 9 hectares of vineyards, including prized holdings of vines in the famous ‘Rosacker’ Grand Cru vineyard and also now in the Grand cru Schl0ssberg. All vineyard work is carried out by hand and since 2005 their son Jerome is now running the estate having studied and gained a Diploma in Oenology. Since returning to the family estate Jerome has also converted all their vineyards to bio-dynamic viticulture.
The renowned Grand Cru Schlossberg is the largest Grand Cru of Alsace. It is a sought-after terroir for excellent Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris. A firm, elegant aroma with some spicy apricots and only a hint of sous-bois. The taste is fruity and full and not at all sweet. The acidity is fresh, making it perfect on the table.
Schlossberg is a south east facing slope from a steep terraced granite block. It became the first Alsace grand cru in 1975. The fruit is hand harvested at a yield of only 17hl/ha. The wine is whole bunch pressed with indigenous fermentation. 1/3 is aged in barrel, the rest in tank for 9 months on lees.
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