2017 Domain Kientzler Muhlforst Riesling

2017 Domain Kientzler Muhlforst Riesling

2017 Domain Kientzler Muhlforst Riesling

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The Kientzler family has been growing vines for more than 5 generations in Alsace and now one of the most highly regarded estates in the region. It all began with Dominique Alphonse Kientzler who inherited vines from his family in 1866. Since then his son Alphonse carried on the family business (local grocery shop) while also tending to the vines, also eventually becoming Mayor of Ribeauvillé!

It was Alphonse’s son François though, who was the first to fully concentrate on wine production. By the 1970s, he was joined by his son André in the wine business and the pair undertook a massive replanting program to replace much of the old Chasselas with the noble varieties: Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer. The vineyards now stretch over 14 has, including the villages of Ribeauvillé, Bergheim, Hunawihr and Riquewihr, and is planted largely with old vines, as well as new stock selected from the most robust older specimens to maintain genetic diversity.

Today, the Kientzlers farm almost 14ha of vines, including significant parcels in the Grand Crus of Geisberg, Osterberg and Kirchberg. André handed over the reins to his sons in 2009 so now Thierry looks after the winemaking and Eric focuses more on the commercial side of the business.

Tasting Note:
From a vineyard situated right next to the Grand Cru Rosacker with more clays in the soil giving this more 'fatness.' This wine has a wonderful mid weight palate with spicy apple, pears and citrus pith. There remains a lovely mineral component on the palate with fresh mint, herbs and citrus lime. The acid is lively and juicy and you get a real sense of the weight once you sip it. Brilliant winemaking, all stainless steel here so the wine is fresh, clean, crisp and precise. Good value!

 

This is a Dry, Medium bodied wine with High acidity and No tannin. It is Pronounced in it's intensity with High alcohol and a Medium+ finish.

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The Finer Details:

Grape Variety:

Riesling

Country:

France

Abv:

14.09%

Vintage:

2017

Region:

Alsace

pH:
Oaked or Unoaked:

Stainless Steel

Appellation:

Hunawihr

Style (R/S):

Dry (2.08g/l)

Aged Before Release:

Unknown

Farming:

Converting to Organics

Drinkability:

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