Lean, But Not Mean - Trimbach Riesling 2012

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Lean, But Not Mean - Trimbach Riesling 2012

The 15,500 ha mosaic of vineyards in Alsace is host to a huge range of soils (volcanic, limestone, gneiss, sandstone, marl and granite to name but a few) and grape varieties.  This means the region's wines - known the world over for their distinctive aromatics, purity of fruit and food-matching prowess - range from fresh and clean Sylvaners, to spicy and floral Gewurztraminers and smoky Pinot Gris.


Riesling is considered by many to be the most noble of Alsace's wines.  Just over one fifth of the region's vineyards are planted with this grape as it thrives in the dry climate here to give characterful and elegant wines.  This example comes from one of the best-known producers:  Trimbach.


Trimbach Alsace Riesling 2012  12.5%

RRP £10.95, The Wine Society, www.thewinesociety.com

Riesling is a real passion for the Trimbach family who have been making wine in Alsace since 1626.  The grapes come from limestone dominant soils in the family's 44 ha of owned vineyards, which stretch over more than 50 parcels and seven villages up to 25kms North and South of the mediaeval town of Ribeauvillé in Central Alsace.  This area benefits from the microclimate awarded by the Vosges mountains, which protect the plain from rain and expose it to maximum sunshine.


The tricky weather conditions throughout the 2012 vintage certainly kept 12th generation Head Winemaker Pierre Trimbach on his toes!   A cold spring led to late flowering, and humid conditions in June and July gave rise to powdery mildew necessitating extra vigilance from the winemaking team.  The hot August sunshine helped with this, while September's cooler days gave better conditions for even ripening and healthy grapes.  Then, alternating good weather and rain meant that the harvest date for Riesling was set at 27th September - the last variety to be picked.  Trimbach, however, delayed their harvest until October with the wine team having to pass through the Riesling vineyards a number of times to ensure ripe berries.


The Trimbach family apply what they describe as a 'purist' vision to their winemaking to produce dry and elegant wines with sufficient structure and fruit to age well.  On the nose, there is a balance between good ripeness and acidity, with a hint of mineral flavour.  The peach and quince notes on the palate are countered by a refreshing citrus character and the ripe acidity on the finish means this wine will age well.


Enjoy with all fish dishes, typical Alsatian specialities such as Tarte a L'Oignon and Choucroute, and sushi.


Further information: emma wellings pr - 020 8996 5168 / kristen@ew-pr.co.uk