It may be vendange tardive, but the sweetness is the least of this wine’s qualities. It is more to do with how it relates to the terroir of the Heimbourg vineyard, with its mineral character, and its fine structure and texture. The fruit is still young, and would benefit from 5–10 years aging.
This is one of the most powerful in the range of Zind-Humbrecht’s extraordinary Gewürztraminers. It is packed with spice and pepper, and is rich, but dry. Its power comes from the sheer concentration of fruit. This is the sort of wine that needs to be drunk by itself—it will dominate any food.
With its distinctive bouquet of rose petals and lychee fruit, this dessert wine’s Gewürztraminer character shines clearly through a modest veil of botrytis. It’s sweet and viscous without being overly heavy, with a long, spice-driven finish. Tremendous stuff, with a wonderful sense of harmony and balance.
Hints of smokiness combine with a perfumed character in this wonderful wine. It has richness, with lychee and spice flavors, while adding the extra complexity of a touch of toast and green tea. Wonderful now, but will age for five years and more.