André Kientzler, Riesling Grand Cru ‘Osterberg’ 2016

£28.50 £26.36 (75cl)

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Subtle Acidity giving a honey like sensation, with notes of herbs. A ample length and finish

About the producer

André Kientzler’s style remains unique, displaying his craft and experience with wines that mirror his calm and unassuming character. They are very fine with underlying purity and intense mineral notes. The Rieslings are like crystal, gaining great complexity over the years. Do not expect big showy wines here, just wines that are classy and racy.

André is now helped by his son, Eric, in the running of their small estate, who is the fifth generation of his family to hold the reins of this fine domaine. “Grown with great respect for the earth and its environment”, their vineyards cover 13.8 hectares, of which 4.4ha are Grands Crus located in the villages of Ribeauvillé, Bergheim, Hunawihr and Riquewihr. Grand Cru ‘Geisberg’ is the undoubted star. 100 years ago, Alphonse Kientzler was already planting vines on the steep local hillsides, while many winemakers turned to lowland vineyards, as they were easier to work with. However, even then Alphonse had realized that his efforts were not in vain. These steep sites brought a markedly higher quality to the finished wines. This is explained by the nature of the soil, sun exposure, slope and microclimate.

Today, the family estate can claim that 90% of its vines are planted on hillsides or the lower Vosges slopes. Old vines are also part of their precious heritage: 80% of the vineyards at the domaine comprise vines of more than 35 years of age, with 10% being over 80 years of age

Jancis Robinson (Purple Pages

Transparent straw colour. Neat, fairly discreet nose. Bone dry and utterly textbook. Not wild but very pleasing in a classic style. Still quite young but very well balanced, classic, dry Alsace Riesling. Quite pungent. Points: 18. Date Tasted: 05/03/2018

Robert Parker Wine Advocate (

The 2016 Riesling Grand Cru Osterberg opens with a beautiful nose that combines precise, bright Riesling flavors with the cool flavors of the marly, east-facing Osterberg terroir. The acidity is fresh and piquant, really prominent but well integrated into the mineral texture of this pure and classic Riesling. There is great grip and precision here. The finish is pure and salty, but it also shows firm white stone fruit aromas and a stimulating phenolic grip. This is a cool-climate classic from a classic Alsatian terroir defined as a mixture of marl, limestone and sandstone. Highly recommended. Tasted at the domaine in April, just one week after the bottling. (Stephan Reinhardt) Points: 93. Issue Date: 30/06/2017

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