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A rare wine!

Sipp Mack Alsace Riesling Vendanges Tardives 2009


A rare wine!
  • The vintage
  • 2009 was a precocious vintage with perfectly healthy, fully ripe grapes and ideal fruit character.
    Due to cold winter weather, budburst on the vines was late. Flowering, however, took place early thanks to a rapid rise in temperatures. Berry set was successful too. This two week advance on the normal season continued thoughout a very sunny summer and allowed perfect ripening of the grapes. Harvest began September 14th under a blue sky. All of the varieties came into the picking season with excellent quality. Consequently, harvesting was done “à la carte”, and with patience it was possible to pick each parcel at perfect maturity. Generally speaking, the wines are rich in alcohol and perfectly balanced with a fine ripe acidity.
  • Terroir
  • Essentially calcareous-clay
  • In the vineyard
  • We adapt cover crops to our local rainfall. When abundant, we let the grasses grow. When particularly dry, we till the soil or use the rolofaca. In 2009, the vines are cultivated organically and with integrated pest management. The process is controlled by Ecocert France. Grapes are hand harvested beginning of October.
  • Winemaking
  • Grapes are placed in pneumatic presses by gravity and gently pressed for 3-6 hrs to preserve maximum varietal flavors and aromas. Juices are then fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks followed by 4 months aging on fine lees in large, old oak vats for micro-aeration. Sterile cartridge filtration and bottling takes place in August.
  • Cépages
  • RIESLING : 100%
  • Specifications
  • Alcohol level (% vol.): 12% Alc by Vol
    Residual Sugar (g/l): 57.1 g/l
    Acidity (g/l): 6.1 g/l
  • Service
  • Can be aged 15 à 20 years. Store on side between 10-15°C. Ideally served between 8-10°C.
  • Food pairings
  • Serve as an elegant apéritif or with a terrine of foie gras.
  • Tasting
  • Rich, creamy sweetness with a well structured acidity. Aromas of rhubarb and elderberries.
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