Certified Organic and Biodynamic
Producer: Domaine Eric Rominger
Wine: Gewurztraminer Zinnkoepfle Sinneles* Grand Cru (*an additional term reserved for wines with five grams or more of residual sugar)
Varietal: 100% Gewurztraminer
Harvest/Vinification: Fertilizing, ploughing and working the soil are plot and vintage specific, thus nurturing each lieu-dit to its proprietary needs. Harvest is manual. Whole clusters are then pressed pneumatically for several hours, followed by fermentation with natural yeast, which can last 3 weeks to several months depending on the cuvee.
Nose: Intense floral notes, rose petals and orange peel
Palate: Off-dry, bold, creamy with balanced finished
Food: Risotto, shellfish, Alsatian tarts and cheese
Cellaring: Drink now or enjoy through 2025
DOMAINE ERIC ROMINGER
Domaine Rominger is a family estate created in 1970 by Armand Rominger. It is located in Westhalten, just south of Colmar in the Noble Valley. It enjoys a mild climate, protected by the Mountains of Vosges from strong winds and other undesirable weather conditions.
Today, Corinne Rominger owns 30 acres including 12 acres on Zinnkoepflé which is one of Alsace's great personalities among the Grands Crus.
There is such a patchwork of terroirs in Alsace, which prompts the domaine to work each plot separately and differently for a full expression of each place. And to achieve this, they have decided to be certified organic (Ecocert) and biodynamic (Demeter). The combination of ancestral and current practices has allowed the Rominger family to be a conduit for the expression of each terroir they cultivate and vinify.
Situated on the sub-Vosgian hills, between 656 and 1312 feet above sea level, and ideally exposed, the Grands Crus benefit from maximum sun exposure and an extraordinary diversity of soils.
These advantages, combined with a judicious choice of grape varieties best suited to each terroir, favor a slow and prolonged ripening of the grapes and the emergence of aromas of great finesse.
On a smaller scale, the exposure of the hillsides, the soil's thermal storage capacities, the protection of the hills and the influence of a river induce a whole series of micro-climates, from which the 51 Grands Crus benefit in the first place.
Zinnkoepflé is located in the central and widest part of the Rouffach-Guebwiller fault mosaics, behind the eastern fringes of the Strangenberg and Bollenberg hills. It constitutes the southern extension of the Sandstone Coast, straight from north to south, from Husseren-Les-Châteaux to Westhalten. It’s an imposing hilly area created by the Marbach fault, one of the largest of the fault mosaics..
Information by: Vins Alsace
From a tectonic and geological standpoint, the region on either side of the Soultzmatt has collapsed even more inside the fault mosaic – it forms an extended north-west/south-east tectonic ditch (OHMBACH fault), crossed by numerous oftentimes orthogonal faults. Thus the lands from Middle Triassic (Muschelkalk) is currently located at the same altitudes as those of the Lower Triassic (Buntsandstein). The entire Zinnkoepflé hill is composed of sandstone-limestone formations from the Lower and Middle Triassic period (Muschelkalk and Buntsandstein).
Zinnkoepflé soils sits upon shelly Muschelkalk limestone strewn with sandstone inclusions which provide aromatic finesse and remarkable acidity - the base for the superb intensity of these terroir wines. Their aging potential can easily go beyond ten years!