Organic/Biodynamic Wines

Online-Only Auction, 30 May - 13 June 2022

Session 1

Sold for

ZAR 4 456
Lot 68
  • Zind-Humbrecht; Riesling Grand Cru Clos Häuserer; 2009; 3 (1 x 3); 750ml

Lot Estimate
ZAR 3 000 - 4 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 4 456

About this Item

Riesling Grand Cru Clos Häuserer, 2009
3 (1 x 3) 750ml

The Humbrecht family has a history in winegrowing dating back to 1620. Located in Turckheim, Alsace, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht was founded in 1959 through the marriage of two winemaking families. Today, the Domaine owns 40 hectares of vines spread between Turckheim, Hunawihr, Thann, Gueberschwihr and Wintzenheim. They have both Grand Cru and single-vineyard sites which are planted with the six noble Alsace grapes and are organic and biodynamic certified since 2002. The domaine is managed by Olivier and Margaret Humbrecht and is considered one of the best producers in Alsace.

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

‘This vibrant Riesling is just off-dry, focused by finely placed acidity that drives the flavors of macerated peach and apricot, candied pink grapefruit and lemon curd, with a base of stony minerality. Appealing now, but the precision balance suggests a long life ahead. Drink now through 2034. 670 cases made.’ - Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, 94/100 (Oct 2011)

‘White peach, mirabelle, and quince with their pits and pips seem to be shadowed by their distilled essences and are saturated with brine and oyster shell. Lusciously juicy and exhilaratingly dynamic in its finishing fruit-mineral interaction, this mouth-watering Riesling ought to be experienced in its youth, but will almost certainly also bear following for 12-15 years. The low-acidity of the vintage is not felt at all, except to the extent that – as with this year’s Goldert Muscat as well – 15 grams of residual sugar proves sufficient to result in noticeable though deliciously-integrated sweetness.’ - David Schildknecht, Wine Advocate, 93/100 (May 2011)


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