Organic/Biodynamic Wines

Online-Only Auction, 30 May - 13 June 2022

Session 1

Sold for

ZAR 6 449
Lot 66
  • Weinbach; Pinot Gris Altenbourg “Clos des Capucins”; 2013; 6 (1 x 6); 750ml


Lot Estimate
ZAR 5 000 - 6 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 6 449

About this Item

Pinot Gris Altenbourg “Clos des Capucins”, 2013
6 (1 x 6) 750ml

Domaine Weinbach is based in Kaysersberg and is one of the star domaines of Alsace. The estate was once the site of a Capuchin monastery and has been in the Faller family since 1898. Current owner, Catherine Faller is committed to producing exceptional wines that capture the essence of the unique terroirs of the region.

Biodynamic Certification
Farmed and made according to biodynamic practices, and certified by Demeter or Biodyvin. Based on the knowledge that the soil, plants, animals and farmers work together in one agricultural cycle. Only a certified organic producer can be considered for Biodynamic certification.
Demeter have rules on growing and vinification is stricter than organic certification – for example, less use of copper sulphate per hectare, and the requirement for natural yeasts for fermentation.
Similar to organic farming, biodynamic farming uses no synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Biodynamic farming works to achieve soil health through the use of compost, animal and green manures; diversified crop rotations; and incorporation of livestock. However, the two agricultural systems differ in that biodynamic farmers rely on eight specific preparations for the soil, crops and compost to enhance soil and plant quality, and to stimulate the composting process. The eight preparations, designated by their ingredients or by numbers 500 to 507, are made from cow manure; silica; the flowers of yarrow, chamomile, dandelion and valerian; oak bark; and the stinging nettle plant. A ninth prep, often referred to as 508, is made from horsetail and is used for fungal disease.

Critics Ratings

‘Grown on limestone and clay soils, and picked with more botrytis than the Cuvée Sainte Catherine, the 2013 Pinot Gris Altenbourg shows a clear, ripe and intense nose with ripe fruit aromas, lemon perfume, and some discreet and noble botrytis aromas. Round, dense, intense and highly elegant on the palate, this is a complex, powerful, and very well-structured wine with pronounced mineral acidity/salinity and fine tannins. The acidity is quite high (6.62 total acidity) and lends a certain piquancy and purity to the wine, which finishes quite dry and mineral, although with 20.7 grams of residual sugar it is virtually a medium-dry Pinot Gris. However, the sweetness can only be tasted in the very first attack on the palate, whereas the mineral finish gives a rather dry impression.’ - Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate, 92/100 (Oct 2015)

‘Dark straw-yellow. Aromas of mango, pear, truffle, white chocolate, minerals and toffee. Tactile and rich, showing an almost tannic mouthfeel and a hint of smoky botrytis on the long, chewy finish. The presence of noble rot is not uncommon in Weinbach’s many Pinot Gris wines, as Cathy Faller believes it provides body and aromatic structure to the wines.’-  Ian D’Agata, Vinous, 91/100 (Feb 2016)

Provenance

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