Organic/Biodynamic Wines

Online-Only Auction, 30 May - 13 June 2022

Session 1

Sold for

ZAR 4 690
Lot 69
  • Zind-Humbrecht; Grand Cru 'Brand' Vieilles Vignes; 2009; 3 (1 x 3); 750ml

Lot Estimate
ZAR 3 500 - 4 500
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 4 690

About this Item

Grand Cru 'Brand' Vieilles Vignes, 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

‘Rich and just off-dry, this Riesling is very aromatic with apple blossom and lychee notes, as well as pure flavors of patisserie apple and pear, pineapple, crystallized honey and candied pink grapefruit peel. For all its richness, this is fine-textured and silky, with subtle, juicy acidity that drives the wine and keeps it lively, with a long, mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2034. 450 cases made.’ - Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, 94/100 (Oct 2011)

‘This intense wine has great ripe fruit and sweetness to go with the pear and honey flavors. There is great acidity and beautiful fruit character in a gorgeous wine that still keeps its style and freshness.’ - Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, 94/100 (Dec 2011)


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