Regional Focus – Alsace

Come and taste the amazing flavours from Alsace during the 19th – 31st August

With wines from the area on tasting you will be transported to this wonderful region.

To book your dining experience please call 02 9907 2528 or book online via the link below

Regional Menu

Entree

Saumon fumé, Grumbeerekrehe (galette de pommes de terre), crème au raifort, salade de cresson, tuile aux graines de pavot

Smoked Salmon, Potatoes galette, horseradish cream, watercress salad, poppy seed tuile

Mains

Ragoût de chevreuil, Kaeser Knefle et chou rouge braisé

Venison Stew, Kaeser knefle (French gnocchi) braised red cabbage

Wine by the glass

Mader

The Mader domaine is a very small quantity, high quality wine producer based in the picture postcard village of Hunawihr in the middle of vineyards on the Route des Vins.

The family own just over 10 hectares of vineyards, including prized holdings of vines in the famous ‘Rosacker’ Grand Cru vineyard and also now in the Grand cru Schlossberg. All vineyard work is carried out by hand and since 2005 their son Jerome is now running the estate having studied and gained a Diploma in Oenology. Since returning to the family estate Jerome has also converted all their vineyards to organic viticulture.

Rieslings here are some of the few in Alsace produced in a classic fine dry style built to age. In exceptional years a tiny volume of late harvest ‘Vendanges Tardive’ Riesling is made in a similar fine, elegant style that ages superbly. Jerome is fanatical about quality so yields are kept very low and selections for all wines are very strict ensuring the highest quality. The entire range of wines from the Mader family taste true to their grape varieties and vineyard origins and all represent fantastic value.

Notes courtesy of www.vintageandvine.com

Mader 2017 Riesling

This wine also contains almost 10% de-classified Grand Cru fruit from vines around 30 years old in the great Rosacker vineyard. The wine is a blend of several sites of mostly limestone based soil. 2017 has produced a fine dry Riesling with texture and depth. Intense floral and citrus aromas with mineral backing and wonderful acid backbone.

Mader 2016 Gewurztraminer Rosacker

The 2016 is in such tiny quantities that we have not found a review for this wine, see a review of the 2015: ‘The 2015 Grand Cru Rosacker Gewurztraminer is clear and smoky on the nose, fresh and nicely spicy. On the palate this is a very elegant, finessed and salty Gewurz with a nice tannin grip and structure. The finish is long and complex, well structured, and, although it is quite sweet, is a persistent and expressive Gewurz that is nicely discreet. Drink 2022-2035.’ 92+ points, Stephan Reinhardt, RobertParker.com, July 2017.

Kientzler

The Kientzler family has been growing vines for more than 5 generations in Ribeauvillé and the surrounding area. As early as 1866, Dominique Alphonse Kientzler had inherited vines from his father and grandfather and in 1895 was involved in the creation of France’s first winemaking cooperative in Ribeauvillé, in addition to running the local grocery shop. His son Alphonse carried on the grocery business while also tending to the vines; he eventually became the Mayor of Ribeauvillé either side of World War II.

Today, the Kientzlers farm almost 14ha of vines in Ribeauvillé, Bergheim, Hunawihr and Riquewihr, including significant parcels in the Grand Crus of Geisberg, Osterberg and Kirchberg. And in turn André handed over the reins to his sons in 2009; Thierry looks after the winemaking and Eric the commercial side of the business.

‘One of the most talented Winemakers in Alsace…..he has Riesling and Gewürztraminer growing in prime sites and it is what he manages to do with these that ranks his wines among the very best in Alsace. Although his generic Riesling has great class and finesse, his Grand Cru Geisberg and Grand Cru Osterberg are very much finer. The Geisberg is the riper and more opulent, with a wisp of smokiness to the fruit, the Osterberg is more classic and flinty, requiring longer in bottle.’The Wines of Alsace, Tom Stevenson.

Notes courtesy of www.vintageandvine.com

Kientzler 2017 Pinot Blanc

From 100% Auxerrois. Shows the fine floral perfume and fresh acidity so typical of this variety and village. Finishing dry with length and persistence. 13% Alc/Vol; 3.56 g/l RS; 6.44 g/l

Kientzler 2014 Pinot Gris

Ripe and exotic with a hint of honeyed sweetness with restraint and finesse. Fine citric and stone fruit flavours with hints of smoke and ample acidity. Richly textured, yet fresh and vibrant. 13.16% Alc/Vol; 2.5 g/l RS; 7.3 g/l TA

Trimbach

With viticultural origins going back to 1626 this family owned estate produces some of the finest wines not only of Alsace, but indeed the entire world of wine. Around the villages of Ribeauvillé and Hunawihr, the Trimbach family owns 27 hectares of vineyards including 1.67ha of Rosacker Grand cru (which produces the highly famed Clos Sainte Hune Riesling) as well as parcels of Geisberg and Osterberg (blended to make the equally renowned Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile). Geisberg and Osterberg are located on the hill rising up behind the ‘new’ family winery on the edge of Ribeauvillé. The family moved from their ‘old’ winery in Hunawihr in the 1890’s! Indeed, the label of Clos Sainte Hune depicts the view to the local church from the old winery in Hunawihr.

According to Jean Trimbach, the house style is aiming for ‘harmonious wines that are concentrated, not heavy; fruity, not sweet; bracing rather than fat; polite rather than voluptuous.’ To that end, fermentations are cool and slow, maloloactic fermentation is not carried out and the wines are bottled early to retain freshness.

Notes courtesy of www.vintageandvine.com

Trimbach 2013 Pinot Noir Reserve

‘2013 was “an excellent vintage for Pinot Noir,” says Pierre Trimbach serving the 2013 Pinot Noir Réserve: “We picked healthy grapes with good maturity and good acidity levels.” The grapes were picked with a potential alcohol of 13% and the must was completely fermented in inox but stored in concrete vats and old wooden casks. Dark berry and cherry flavours on the very aromatic, fresh and floral bouquet which is lovely pure and elegant. Silky textured, very fruity, fresh and clear, with fine tannins this is a super, well balanced and stimulating Pinot Noir in a lighter style, with less extraction but swing and an appetizing grip, RobertParker.com, October 2015.

Trimbach 2008 Frederic Emile

Pale straw-green. Captivating, perfumed nose of yellow peach, fresh flowers, green apple, chlorophyll and talc; this is almost Mosel-like. Then fresh and saline in the mouth; juicy and dense, with laser-like acidity and wonderful clarity and cut to its white stone fruit and apple flavours. Finishes long and minerally, with a zesty edge that will leave your mouth watering. A mesmerizing Riesling. This vintage features one of the lowest levels of residual sugar Trimbach has ever had in their Frédéric Emile. Both of the Trimbach brothers feel that 2008 is the greatest vintage for the Frédéric Emile between 2005 and 2009, but I think that may be selling this wine short. To my taste, this is one of the top ten Frederic Emiles ever. Drink 2020-2036’ 94+ points, Ian d’Agata, Vinous, September 2013