Ostertag Sylvaner Vieilles Vignes 2012

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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)
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