Zind Humbrecht 2019 Riesling Roche Granitique 750ml
This wine originates from vines planted in the 90s and in 2001 in the Grand Cru Brand and just below it. The granite ‘de Turckheim’ is in fact a biotite type of granite. It contains lots of black mica than can be broken down to its finest form, clay, by bacteria and micro-organisms. These finer elements will eventually migrate deeper in the soil under the influence of rainwater, fixing minerals and providing the vines with an interesting water reserve, something important in such fine soils. Obviously, vines should be of a certain age for the roots to reach these depths, but experience showed us that in fact the root penetration can be quite fast in this type of airy soil, especially if there is no compaction. Needless to say, bio-dynamic farming also accelerates the roots growth. These vineyards enjoy a precocious and warm climate that will influence the ripening cycle, explaining why they are often the first Riesling to be harvested on the estate. The grapes were very healthy, the acidity was surprisingly high and influence the fermentation speed. This was one of the last 2019 to finish.