25.10.13

Postcard Perfect Huawihr Produces Alsace Pinot Gris To Write Home About

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Postcard Perfect Hunawihr Produces
Alsace Pinot Gris To Write Home About!

The 15,500 hectare 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 mineral and citrusy Rieslings, to spicy and floral Gewurztraminers and smoky Pinot Gris.

The Kuhlmann-Platz Pinot Gris 2012 comes from the picture perfect and relatively pint-sized (in comparison to other Co-ops in France) Cave Vinicole de Hunawihr.  Situated amongst the rolling vineyards in the tiny village of the same name and nestled between the more recognised Riquewihr and Ribeauvillé in the heart of Alsace, this Cave Co-op was founded in 1954 by a group of winemakers who pooled their resources to help them survive in post Second World War Europe.

Today, Cave Vinicole de Hunawihr has some 130 members who work across 200 hectares of owned vineyards under the guiding hand of Nicolas Garde who has been the winemaker since 2004.  Nicolas has a history of winemaking in Alsace, and also spent a year in New Zealand's Gisborne region.

Kuhlmann-Platz Pinot Gris 2012 Cuvée Prestige
RRP £9.99, Majestic

Pinot Gris from Hunawihr has a very individual taste profile and dry style.  The chalky soils here lend a distinctive acidity to this grape, and these wines have a marked freshness thanks to the fact that the fruit in this area is always late ripening.  The 2012 vintage was a challenging one in Alsace:  the hot and sunny summer months of August and September rescued the harvest from the wet and cold spring, and although the yield was down as a result of the initial poor weather the quality was really good.  Nicolas explains, "Overall, the 2012 wines were fresh, aromatic and with good crisp acidity.  As these are the qualities we always look for in our Pinot Gris, together with a dry finish, this really was a good vintage for us."

The grapes for the Kuhlmann-Platz Pinot Gris came from the chalk vineyards in and closely surrounding Hunawihr where the vines have an average age of 20 years.  After a gentle pressing, the juice was left to ferment in stainless steel at 18°C.  The wine was then aged on its lees for four months before filtration, and spent a further three months in tank before bottling.

 

Further information: emma wellings pr - t 020 8747 9592 / email Ali