Appellation: AOC Alsace
Grape Variety: 100% Gewurztraminer
Domaine Dirler-Cade is located in Alsace, in the small village of Bergholtz 3 km south-east of the small town of Guebwiller, and exactly halfway (25 km) from the cities of Colmar and Mulhouse. The estate founded in 1871 is passed down from father to son for 5 generations. Today, Jean Dirler and his wife Ludivine Cade operate 18 hectares of vines, 42% of which are classified Grand Cru (Saering, Spiegel, Kessler or Kitterlé).
The grapes are pressed whole on pneumatic presses. The wines ferment in either tuns or stainless steel tanks for 3 weeks to 3 months. They are aged on lees for 9 to 12 months, before being filtered on plates and bottled.
Bright golden-tinged yellow. Mango, crystallized ginger and orange oil on the nose, complicated by hints of cinnamon and lemon pepper. Enters floral, then very sweet and ripely tropical in the middle, with the fruit liqueur and honeyed flavors lingering nicely and with a welcome piercing quality thanks to seemingly high but harmonious acidity. This is like a liquid mango pudding; the citrus note provides lift very typical of the Saering.