After hail effectively ruined the growing season for much of France in 2013, the climate gods dealt a kinder hand in 2014. In Alsace, it was a vintage for classic dry white wines. The winter was mild and some growers really hoped for more rain. A dry turn to Spring meant early bud burst, then vegetal growth was accelerated by hot days going into Summer. That also meant speedy flowering, but heavy July rains brought high risk of downy mildew. A cooler August slowed down of the ripening process, resulting in good acidity for the wines and no blow-out in alcohol. Some vineyards were also affected by Drosophila suzukii aka vinegar flies, so meticulous sorting and quality control was vital.
These two white Turkheim wines come from the valley floor selection of the 40ha Zind-Humbrecht winery. This is a new label, largely incorporating fruit previously used for their Herrenweg wines. Middle-aged vines 25-30 years old. The Pinot Gris is expressive and delicious, the Riesling is light and typical.
Zind-Humbrecht Turkheim Pinot Gris 2014
Pale honey yellow colour. Youthful aromatics, rock melon, honey, peach. Medium-bodied wine, rich mouthfeel, excellent structure with the flush acidity. 13.5%alc. Rich flavours of melon, peach, hint of ginger. Long finish, the minerality and power of this wine really stands out. I had this with a pig ear and bean stew topped with coriander , awesome! 91/100. 2016 – 2025.
Zind-Humbrecht Turkheim Riesling 2014
Pale blonde yellow colour. Youthful delicate nose, white florals, lime zest, undertones of warm honey, hint of cardamom. Light-bodied wine, sweeping racy acidity. 12% alc. Pure flavour profile, rich, citrus, preserved lemons. An easy drinking, tasty, good structure. Medium finish. 88/100. 2016 – 2021.