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Riesling Kappelweg de Rorschwihr
2008 Riesling


Vineyard: Kappelweg.
Soil Type: Blue grey marly-limy of Rupelien type
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Irrigation: No irrigation
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Yield: Low.


The Kappelweg vineyard is located in the North east of Rorschwihr and covers 5.7ha. Its Alsatian name means “the Path to the Chapel”. The terroir is a blue gray marly-limy from Rupelien type. This terroir consist of thick deposits of marl and calcareous pebbles more or less cemented together. They form a rock called conglomerate. These stones and rock debris came from petroliferous submarine deltas 34 to 23 million years ago. The pebbles are limestones torn out from the relief in the hinterland, mostly from the yellowish white oolitic Jurassic limestone. These pebbles have been rounded down by the mountain streams, then coated and cemented in place by the marl where they were deposited. Sometimes limy sandstones formations occur between (yellow Rouffach sandstone). Thus, these terroirs have a variable composition. They are especially rich in calcium which can be assimilated by the plants. The clay minerals help fix other fertilizing elements. The climatic weathering of this conglomerate is not easily visible; the hard pebbles occur right up to the surface, sometimes even forming cliffs. The soil is deep and has average water retention. It is calcium and magnesium rich.
Hand picked at optimum ripeness, Rolly Gassmann harvests when the fruits are on the riper side, when the pip has turned brown. Pressed lightly and fermented in the same tank each year using indigenous yeast.
Bottled in September 2009 and aged in the bottle.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Light.
Nose: White flower combined with fresh lemon, clear flinty notes.
Palate: White truffle and ripe fruits at once, it is mineral and fruity at the same time, followed by a great acidity. Very well balanced and elegant.
Other: A great food wine that will go exceptionally well with spicy Thai dishes or seafood.
This wine may be aged many more years for full potential, it will refine itself over time. It is rich and fruity while young and shows more minerals with aging.

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