A bold, rich wine which is oozing with character from Albert Seltz in Alsace.
Bright golden yellow and intensely aromatic, with strong heady aromas of ginger, pepper, apricot, tea leaves, cinnamon. The palate has a lighter more finessed touch with clear flavours of peach, apricot and sweet spices coming through strongly and finishing long.
100% Gewürztraminer from 20 year old vineyards on the Berg vineyard. Hand harvested at the peak of ripeness, following pressing they are fermented in stainless steel then aged in contact with the lees for complexity and body.
Medium-dry with low acidity, this wine is good with fruity or spiced dishes and rich foods like pungent or high fat cheeses and smoked meats. Albert Seltz himself recommends tuna marinated in ginger or sushi. Pairs really well with oriental cuisine. Try it as an aperitif as the perfect accompaniment to pâté on toast.
About the winemaker:
The Seltz family have been growing grapes in Mittelbergheim since 1576 - itself a village with a long history of wine, as documented in the 'Weinshchalgbuch', which records the quantity, quality and price of every vintage since 785 A.D.
The 11 hectare estate is currently run by Albert, 14th generation owner and winemaker, who took over from his father in 1980 when he was 19 years old. Albert drastically changed the direction of the estate - he reduced production by two thirds, implemented reduced yields and converted to strictly sustainable agriculture. 2015 was the first vintage certified organic although organic practice has been followed for many years, and essential oils and herbal tinctures are used in the vineyard to encourage the plants to fully absorb minerals in the soil. Albert has a philosophy of minimal intervention, preferring indigenous yeasts in fermentation when suitable and ageing his wines sur lie for as long as each wine can benefit from. For his finest wines there is no temperature control during fermentation, no sulphur, kieselguhr filtration and bottling on demand.
Sustainability credentials: Great (3*)
A low key, true believer. Minimal intervention, organic and sustainable practice throughout, sacrificing yield for truly sustainable wine.
White, 12.5%Vol, Gewürztraminer grapes, cork closure. 2018 Vintage.
In the winemaker's words:
“The work of the winemaker is a work of reflection that must be personal so that it can differentiate itself from others in the glass. It is an outdoor work of respect, from the life in the soil until the life in the vats in the cellar. A wine is like friends, we all have them, but they are not always the same. It is your sensibilities and your values that will allow you to love a wine and understand it.”