Alsace build his greatness on the pure, natural wines that highlight the grape variety and terroir. Wine complexity is normally based on low yields, a long growing season and careful vinification with élevage sur lie. But gradually, the use of oak increases. It is primarily Pinot Gris and Auxerrois which can carry the structure and the flavours that the oak carries with it. Andre Ostertag is famous for bringing up all kinds of wine in oak, but especially for the extremely high quality that characterises all his wines.
2008 Riesling Vignoble d'E from André Ostertag in Epfig is medium yellow with clear green tints. The aroma is forward, more nutty than fruity but young and fresh, with clear hints of toast, gooseberry, lemon meringue, hazelnut and toffee. The taste is medium bodied, very dry, with ripe acids and considerable length. Price: € 15
I recently had a chance to taste the 2009.
Floral, perhaps blowsy citrus nose. Fresh with medium mouth feel. Salt, minerals, a good 20 second finish with secondary taste of apple and nicely balanced. A nutty quality to it initially.
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