An exploration of wine

303. Domaine Zind Humbrecht, Riesling Heimbourg Alsace, 2001

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Book 2 Wine 303

£28 (restaurant price); 13.5%

Found this in Jerusalem restaurant-bar when choosing the wine for our Optimor Christmas lunch in 2006. My first Zind Humbrecht and I finally get to see what all the fuss is about. Biodynamism or just good winemaking, I don’t know, but this just had so much life! Mid yellow gold with some bronze glints. Just a hint of kerosene development around white flower-dominated nose, with limey, creamy and slightly honeyed complexity. Initially sweet palate, but juicy, minerally acidity cuts through the medium-full body of quince & lime. This is what gave it such energy – or maybe “nervosity”? Lovely.

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