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Gentil HUGEL 2014, Alsace, France x 6

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Seller: wines-cellar (34) 100%, Location: Sydney, Ships to: AU, Item: 112142716573 Gentil HUGEL 2014 A kaleidoscope of grapiness, produced exclusively from hand harvested grapes in predominantly clay and limestone vineyards, from a dozen of the most favored localities in and around Riquewihr. Gentil "Hugel" allies the suave, spicy flavour of Gewurztraminer, the body of Pinot Gris, the finesse of Riesling, the grapiness of Muscat and the refreshing character of both Pinot Blanc and Sylvaner. THE VINTAGE Exceptionally mild winter, with practically no frost. Very early budburst around 21 March led to 2 months of anxiety but finally no spring frost. Flowering began very early, around 30 May, which usually means an extremely precocious harvest like 2003, but was uneven and spread over 2 weeks, giving a little coulure especially on Gewurztraminer. In July and early August, record rainfall (147mm) and cool temperatures finally delayed maturity. A very dry September (27mm) without excessive heat ensured slow maturation under ideal conditions. Harvest began on 16 September and ended on 16 October. Yields were very low, lower even than 2013 or 2010. Perfectly healthy grapes, high acidity and superb maturity mean 2014 will be a hallmark vintage, especially for Riesling. Very small yield of late harvest Gewurztraminer VT. QUICK VIEW The perfect introduction to Alsace wines as it combines the qualities of all our white varietals. This wine revives an ancient Alsace tradition that wines assembled from noble grape varieties were called "Gentil". Gentil "Hugel" allies the suave, spicy flavour of Gewurztraminer, the body of Pinot Gris, the finesse of Riesling, the grapiness of Muscat and the refreshing character of Pinot Blanc and Sylvaner. VINEYARDS & VINIFICATION A kaleidoscope of grapiness, produced exclusively from hand harvested grapes in predominantly clay and limestone vineyards, from a dozen of the most favored localities in and around Riquewihr. A cool and long growing season gives this unique dry wine great finesse and unequalled drinkability. The grapes are taken in small tubs to the presses, which are filled by gravity, without any pumping or other mechanical intervention. After pressing, the must is decanted for a few hours, then fermented in temperature-controlled barrels or vats (at 18 to 24°C). The wine is racked just once, before natural clarification during the course of the winter. The following spring, the wine is lightly filtered just before bottling, and the bottles are then aged in our cellars until released for sale. The whole production of this wine is closed with DIAM the cork without the risk of cork taint. › Alcohol level 12.5 ° › Residual Sugar (g/l) 3 › Acidity (g/l) 5.94 › pH 3.34 › Age of vines 25 › Yields 65 hl/ha › Grapes : Gewurztraminer 10 % Sylvaner + Pinot Blanc 45 % Pinot Gris 16 % Riesling 23 % Muscat 6 % Tasting notes by Serge Dubs, World's Best Sommelier 1989 Youthful colour, lively, bright, crystal-clear, fresh pale green with silver hints and elegant silkiness. Fresh, open bouquet, a frank and expressively aromatic perfume of fruit and flowers, cardamom, lemon balm, rose, jasmine, freesia, lime and cherry blossom, lychee, pear, cleanly defined and subtly spicy. Dry on the palate, the wine is fresh and easy to enjoy, yet pleasantly rich and full of flavour, with an elegantly aromatic aftertaste. Nicely balanced in the mouth, it has a refreshing character and generous structure that gives it charm. A wine to drink now and over the next 3 years, served at 8°C on its own, or with fish (baked, panfried or in cream sauce), red mullet, turbot, pike-perch, lobster, crab and dishes with Oriental and Indian spices.--Contact Us If you have any queries, questions or inquiries; do not hesitate to contact us on +61 2 9252 9253. WARNINGUnder the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998, it is an offense to supply alcohol to a person under the age of 18 years (Fines exceed $6,000), and for a person under the age of 18 years to purchase or receive liquor (Fines exceed $500). Persons suspected of being under 18 may be required to produce evidence of their age. Liquor License Number: LIQP770016687 Returns Policy We take all care to ensure sufficient protection for parcels, however we are not responsible for any lost or damages caused during transit unless additional insurance is purchased. For warranty claims, please ensure you keep all packaging including any labels on the packaging. All products are described as accurately as possible based on the representation of our suppliers and cannot be construed as warranty, fact or as a liability against us. For all wine lots sold in auctions, we do not offer any warranty, exchange or refunds under any circumstances, all wine lots are auctioned and sold as they are, unless specified. Brand: HUGEL ET FILS, Volume: 750mL, Quantity: 5, Country: France, Region: Alsace

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