Spotlight on Riesling: Zinck Grand Cru Pfersigberg Riesling 2009
I love Alsace – its huge diversity of soils, grape varieties, styles of wine and winemaking practices all lead to a land filled with incredible diversity of flavours and multitudinous terroir. It is also a region where you can find truly superb wines for very reasonable prices (the opposite is true as well), so long as you know where to look. This Grand Cru example from Zinck is a perfect example of Alsace’s ability to match value, flavour, typicity and terroir.
Pfersigberg is located in the very cute town Eguisheim, which I was lucky enough to visit last year. The soils here are calcerous marl (incidentally similar to the best soils of Piedmont), which tends to increase acidity in the grapes grown in it.
The wine is round, dense, and full. Completely dry, this Riesling is already drinking very well, though it will clearly improve with age. This is a Riesling of orchard fruit, mineral and dry extract. This is different from the Albert Mann in that because of the vintage it has lower acid (though is still balanced) and feels more weighty and more focused on petrol, peaches/apricots and minerals as opposed to zesty citrus and brightness. An impressive wine for the price and shows the value that can be had from Alsace. I found this Riesling to be an excellent pairing with sushi.
Imported by Crush Imports, I hope to see more from Zinck on store shelves in the future.
Very Good+ to Excellent
~$40 at Kits wine