If variety is the spice of life, then this wine is very spicy indeed! It comes from Colmar, a town revered as the heart of the ancient French wine region of Alsace.
Colmar was the home of Chrétien Oberlin, the viticulturist whose method of grafting French vines onto American rootstock is credited with helping turn around French wine production in the late 19th century. Oberlin passed away in 1916, but his winery (Domaine Viticole which dates back to 1255) is still around, crafting deliciously exotic Alsatian wines like this 2015 Domaine Viticole Hospice de Colmar Alsace Riesling.
What makes this wine amazing is the contrast between rich flavour and crisp acidity - it's dry and taut, like an Australian Riesling, but with an amazing full bodied flavour. If you're a big fan of classic Alsace Riesling, this super premium Riesling stacks right up with the absolute best of them.
Location: The Hospices de Colmar - Since its creation in 1255, the heritage vineyards Hospices Civils has built up over the centuries by donations from benefactors and bequests. It is now owned by the Louis Pasteur Civil Hospitals. The Wine Estate of the City of Colmar exploits this prestigious estate to develop exceptional wines.
Soil: Gritty, located on the alluvial fan of an ancient glacial torrent, the "Fecht". These filter grounds, which warm up rapidly in the spring, benefit from an exceptional microclimate as the average annual precipitation is less than 550 mm.
Colour: Lemon yellow.
Nose: Aromas of flowers and citrus.
Mouth: Frank and lively attack.
Food recommendations: Mussels in white wine, trout meunière, coq au Riesling sauerkraut fish.