2/2011: the intense floral, ripeness sensation and pleasurable nose is the signature of the Herrenweg. The ripeness carries the fruit to a nice level of elegance and makes this perfumed grape variety desirable. The palate is very unctuous, delicate and quite sweet, but without the weight usually associated with these wines when they have higher alcohols. It shows the sunny side of 2009 with an open style, quite forward and aromatic. This wine is dangerously easy to drink!
The Herrenweg is a very precocious vineyard. It enjoys a warm climate, enhanced by the well drained gravely valley floor soil and the absence of shadows from the Vosges mountains. This is definitely an advantage in vintages when ripeness is difficult, but can sometimes cause excessive ripeness and acidity loss if the harvest is too much delayed and late. For this reason, we only kept our oldest vines to produce this wine, without actually looking for a late harvest style. However, ripeness went up quite quickly, despite healthy grapes. The fermentation was very slow and stopped early, with a lower alcohol level and some significant sweetness. This was a little surprise to us because in most vintages it would have fermented to a higher level of alcohol. These old vines have very deep rooting which guarantee also a nice minerality and balance.
Due to its location at the end of the Munster valley, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht's Herrenweg Vineyard benefits from maximum sunshine, especially in the evenings with the sun setting much later. Minimal rainfall and valley winds keep the soil and the vines dry. Located on the alluvial fan of the Fecht river, a large part of Herrenweg Vineyard is made up of a clay-silty-sandy gravel-sand substratum on Vosges alluvia, Würm pebbles or loess on Würm alluvia. The soil drains well and heats up very quickly, leading to a regular and homogeneous maturation of the grapes. The warm, dry climate in consort with the soil allow this vineyard to ripen its grapes very quickly. All varieties are planted here.