Domaine Ostertag Les Jardin Pinot Blanc
The Pinot Blanc Les Jardins is a blend of six small gardens of vines, farmed biodynamically, and located in the town of Epfig with a small part coming from the Clos Mathis parcel in Ribeauvillé. Half the plots are true Pinot Blanc, the other half is Auxerrois which comes, for the most part, from the slopes of lieu-dit Fronholz.
They are based on three "natures" of soil: clay-silt, marl-sandstone, and a touch of granite.
The 2018 vintage was hand-picked on 10th and 11th September. It was gently pressed as whole bunches, in a pneumatic press, for about nine hours. It fermented in used oak barriques with natural yeasts, and went through malolactic fermentation. It was kept in the same barrels for nine months, and bottled in May 2019 with a balance of 12.5% alcohol and 4g/L residual sugar.
The result is an uncommonly full-bodied and structured Pinot Blanc, bone-dry and mouthwatering. It exudes fresh and fruity aromas of yellow peaches and nectarine. A hint of hazelnut comes out with air.