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We have recently opened a small bottle shop in Dornoch and taken the opportunity to stock the shop with ‘Stuff we like’ – there are weird beers, natural and biodynamic wines along with a few ciders. We look forward to welcoming you to our wee bottle shop when you visit Dornoch!
In the meantime, we thought we should make some items available via our own webshop (Yes! Just in time for Christmas). The team have personally selected a small intimate range of bottles which we thought may appeal to Dornoch/Thompson Bros fans!
The Pinot-Gris grape variety used to be quite rare in Alsace in the mid-20th century, often commanding some of the highest prices paid for wines in Alsace. These old cultivars would carry small clusters and produce small yields, explaining why growers would only plant it in great vineyards and sell it more expensively. When modern clones were issued, they were planted everywhere and the production of Pinot-Gris increased dramatically, but not always for the best. The Domaine was lucky to have some very old vines that could be selected and reproduced, in order to keep this heritage. The Pinot-Gris is early ripening, and the gravelly valley floor of Turckheim is also precocious. Getting the harvest date right is becoming increasingly difficult and requires daily checks so the ripeness isnâ€™t too high. In 2019, the wine fermented bone dry, quite rapidly and was bottled just prior to the 2020 harvest.
2/2021: bright pale yellow colour. Restraint and discreet nose, almost more mineral than fruity, it takes some time to completely open up. Some aeration will reveal sweet Mirabelle aromas and some acacia honey. The palate shows a nice concentration, and medium intensity on the middle palate, and eventually becomes more and more impressive on the finish. This is a very dry wine but with a velvety texture and sapid fresh acidity.
Simon and Phil Thompson have known Olivier & Margaret Humbrecht for many years and have been lucky enough to enjoy many of their excellent wines both in Scotland in during visits to Alsace. We are delighted to be able to offer (and consume!) some wonderful Zind-Humbrect wines. We highly recommend visiting the winery in Alsace.
750ml / 13%ABV