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Ostertag Sylvaner Vieilles Vignes 2016

13% abv

While much is made of Riesling, Pinot Gris & Gewurztraminer in Alsace, Sylvaner can produce stunningly understated wines. Andre Ostertag is fortunate to own a plot of old vine Sylvaner that combines strawlike richness with a fine freshness. It may not be fashionable but my god it’s good!

André Ostertag does not confine himself to the traditional Alsatian way of treating the varieties he has in his vineyards. Being a second generation wine-maker – his German family (‘Ostertag’ meaning ‘Easter Day’) founding the then 3ha estate in 1966 – André had evidently been put in his place by the elders; those looking askance at this Lycee Viticole de Beaune graduate and upstart who dared to put Pinot Gris in oak (despite the grape’s Cote d’Or heritage). That was 1983, when his towering Muenchberg Pinot Gris was denied the honour to be labelled as such, becoming ‘A360P’ overnight, its grid-reference. ‘Before’ he smiles knowingly, ‘I had to find my place, but I’m older now’.

In 1998 he converted his 12.5 hectares to full biodynamic production. His “Vins de Pierre” label are terroir wines with a 20 year life depending on the vintage, and the vines in these vineyards represent this special link between earth and sky (and perhaps it is no wonder that the produce of which, grapes and wine, were believed by ancient Egyptians to possess divine qualities).The “Vins de Fruit” label (including Sylvaner VV and Pinot Blanc Barriques) blends fruit from across vineyards in a fruit forward expression and with a 5 – 7 years life .
(David Berry Green, BBR Buyer)

£19.50inclusive of Duty and VAT

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André Ostertag could hardly be called a run-of-the-mill Alsace winemaker. To some traditionalists he is an eccentric, constantly tinkering and experimenting with new styles that break the mould, but in reality he simply seeks to coax ultimate expression from the varieties and his various vineyard terroirs. Open-minded and innovative, he does not restrict himself to conventional techniques or the AOC rule books.

André has been practicing biodynamic viticulture since 1997. He makes his own compost but buys biodynamic preparations from an association as Alsace is not set up for treating vineyards as a farm, due to the myriad of single plot holdings and locations. All biodynamic preparations are used here but at different times according to need. Andre sprays nettle tea onto the vines in the spring to reduce copper. Only uses B500 (horn manure) on the soil. Spray horsetail tea on the vines during moon perigee to avoid fungal disease onset. André believes that biodynamy should not be seen as a dogma, they are merely guidelines and it’s for everyone to decide how they employ them.

Reference #:
4656
Strength
13 ABV
Bottles per Case
12 bottles
Organic
Yes
Biodynamic
Yes
Vegan
No
Vegetarian
No
Sparkling
No

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