A beautiful example of one of the worlds classic dessert wines from what is widely regarded as one of the worlds best co-operatives. Cave de Turckheim lies at the mouth of the Munster Valley in the famous Alsace winemaking region of France. Protected by the Vosges mountain range and with very low annual rainfall, this picture-perfect wine region is warm and dry allowing ripeness of grapes and fruit vibrancy.
Working closely with 180 partners the vineyards of Cave de Turckheim span the full breadth of the Alsatian terroir and grape varieties. Committed to producing the highest quality wines, growers are encouraged to keep yields low and to pick the grapes by hand. This is part of a long term and innovative strategy of sustainability that includes developing the largest holdings of organic vineyards in Alsace, using natural alternatives to chemical treatments and a green overview of all vineyard practices.
‘Vendange Tardive’, means ‘late harvest’ and describes the viticulture for this style of wine. All of the residual sugar is natural from grapes grown on granite and gravel soils and the wine is only produced in specific years, when extended periods of dry weather allow the grapes to dry out on the vine, concentrating the delicious citrussy aromas.
Classic Gewurztraminer characters shine through here with a nose of Seville orange marmalade, rose and a hint of lemon. Wonderfully rich and weighty on the palate; the rose and orange blossom come through, along with bitter-sweet, candied peel flavours. A lovely lemony acidity, gives excellent balance on the long, fresh finish.
A Bakewell tart would be a lovely option or any fruit based pies or crumbles. It could also work with rich and spicy foods (not too much chilli!). A firm favourite is chocolate brownie with salted butter!
Please note this is a 50cl bottle