1994 Zind-Humbrecht - Gewurztraminer Hengst VT 375ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

The 1994 Gewurztraminer Hengst V.T. represents the essence of Gewurztraminer. It tastes dry despite nearly 5% residual sugar. The natural alcohol comes in at an amazing 17+%. Made from 30 and 65-year old vines, this massive, remarkably intense, tannic, structured wine, is a smoky, mind-bogglingly, rich wine that has to be tasted to be believed. Still extremely young and unevolved, it will not begin to hit its plateau of maturity until the turn of the century, where it will remain for 20-25 years. It is a candidate for perfection!

Drink Dates: 1996-2025
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 105

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

Very rich, yet quite dry. Despite alluring aromas of honey, litchi and hibiscus, this shows an intense mix of acidity and spice, with orange peel and dried grapefruit flavors that attack the palate. Lots of character, but difficult to match with food.

Author: James Laube

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Average rating: 95, based on 2 reviews
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14 bottles owned by 11 collectors.

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About This Producer

In Alsace, history is always relevant and with nearly 400 years of winegrowing in his DNA, Olivier Humbrecht should know a thing or two about history. He is intimately connected with wine production in the region. He was the first Frenchman to qualify as a Master of Wine, and is also president of Biodyvin, a French organization committed to biodynamic farming practices. At Zind-Humbrecht , established in 1959, he and his father Leonard oversee production of 13,000-16,000 cases each year from 30 hectares of domaine-owned plots in four Grand Cru vineyards, among other highly regarded sites. These excellent, often incredibly steep vineyard sites, combined with yields of half what is legally acceptable for Grand Crus, produce Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, and Muscat of uncompromising pedigree. The Zind-Humbrecht commitment to biodynamics is certainly not mere semantics. Whether in the vineyard or the cellar, tasks are scheduled according to the phases of the moon and the requisite cow horns are buried to improve soil vitality. Whether or not one chooses to believe in this regimen, that Zind-Humbrecht is one of the top, if not the top, producer in Alsace is impossible to deny.

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Wine Varietal: Gewurztraminer

Pronounced "geh-VEHRTZ-trah-mee-ner," this difficult-to-pronounce grape produces both sweet and dry style wines. Gewurztraminer's origins are believed to be Italy's Alto Adige region. Today the grape is grown widely in France's Alsace region as well as in Germany's Pfalz, and numerous other countries around the globe. Recently New Zealand has experienced success with this variety. A weighty, full-bodied white, this variety is known for its perfumed aromatics and crisp, spiced notes. The beginning of its namesake, "Gewurz," translates to "spice." Typical descriptors for Gewurztraminer include lychees, spice, roses, and passion fruit.

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