By Gerardo Lombardi –
Biodynamic producer Vince Eymann did something crazy here – and as crazy as it is, it is also unique and fascinating!
100% Gewürztraminer from single vineyard Mandelgarten (“MDG”), which was fermented on its mash and later aged in used french oak. That’s not all. Mr Eymann’s wine is a Non-Vintage (N.V.) product, but why?
He uses the famous solera-method, which is also used in the Sherry region. It means that a succession of containers are filled with the product over a series of equal aging intervals (usually a year). The finished product is a mixture of ages, with the average age gradually increasing as the process continues over many years.
The Gewürztaminer MDG is unfiltred and gets bottled without the use of sulphites.
Unique production method and unique bouquet as well:
IPA hop, fresh yeast, ripe tropical fruit, some lychee, dried rose petals and a hint of roasted nutmeg.
What about the mouthfeel?
The first words which came into my mind: Bone-dry! Creamy! Juicy!
Flavours of hibiscus, bitter almond and orange peel pair with a mineral-stoney acidity.
Defensive, but well fitting tannins provide some extra complexity and give it a slightly edgy character.
Suddenly some oriental spices, jasmine tea and more orange zest in the finish. Elegant and longlasting aftertaste.
Well done Vince – I can only repeat myself: Every orange wine has something special, but this is simply UNIQUE!
Now I will get some bottles for my private cellars.