The Kientzler domaine is a small family-run estate consisting of just 12 hectares of vines, of which 3.7 hectares are classified Grand Cru. The total output is a tiny 6000 cases, so as you can imagine their focus is very much on quality.
These Grand Cru sites have been identified over the past 300 years as the region’s best. They produce some truly amazing wines, in fact one of the best wines I have ever tried is a Riesling from this estate- The 2008 Riesling Grand cru “Geisberg”. It is expensive, but worth every cent. These wines make up a tiny percentage of the 6000 case production, so it is with the village wines of Pinot Gris and Riesling that the estate is judged on year after year.
For the past 30 years this Domaine’s passion has been for dry and gastronomic wines, which are revealed in each and every vintage. The grapes for this wine were hand harvested from a number of vineyards around the village of Ribeauville. After pressing, fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled vats (at 18 to 24°C). The wine is racked just once, before natural clarification during the course of the winter. The wine is lightly filtered just before bottling.
An unoaked style of wine which is all about mineral freshness and floral aromas, all brought together with this lovely nuttiness and cracking acidity. You also get a touch of apple and pear aromas with a juicy and refreshing palate.