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Technical Information

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area*
Alsace “Le Passage de l’Aube” Macération
Gewurztraminer 1976 Clay, gravel .12 ha
Gewurztraminer “Les Jardins”
Gewurztraminer 20+ yrs Gravel, Clay 1.5 ha
Pinot Blanc “Les Jardins”
Pinot Blanc 20+ yrs Clay, Limestone, Granite 0.8 ha
Pinot Gris “Les Jardins”
Pinot Gris 20+ yrs Gravel, Clay, Schist 0.8 ha
Pinot Noir “Les Jardins”
Pinot Noir 20+ yrs Gravel, Clay 0.5 ha
Riesling “Les Jardins”
Riesling 30+ yrs Gravel, Sand, Silica, Clay 2.5 ha
Les Vieilles Vignes de Sylvaner
Sylvaner 55+ yrs Clay, Granite, Gravel 2 ha
Muscat
Fronholz
Muscat Ottonel 40+ yrs White Sand, Quartz, Clay, Marl 0.3 ha
Pinot Gris
Fronholz
Pinot Gris 20 yrs White Sand, Quartz, Clay, Marl 0.25 ha
Pinot Gris
Grand Cru Muenchberg "A360P"
Pinot Gris 30 yrs Red Sandstone, Volcanic Soil, Limestone 0.4 ha
Pinot Gris
Zellberg
Pinot Gris 20+ yrs Clay, Limestone, Pink Sandstone 0.5 ha
Pinot Noir
Fronholz
Pinot Noir 40+ yrs White Sand, Quartz, Clay, Marl 0.3 ha
Riesling
Fronholz
Riesling 30+ yrs White Sand, Quartz, Clay, Marl 1.2 ha
Riesling
Heissenberg
Riesling 25+ yrs Pink Sandstone, Gneiss, Granite 0.75 ha
Riesling
Clos Mathis
Riesling 25+ yrs Granite 0.60 ha
Riesling
Grand Cru Muenchberg
Riesling 35+ yrs Volcanic Sediment, Pink Sandstone 1.7 ha
Gewurztraminer “A l'Orient d'Eden”
Fronholz
Gewurztraminer 40+ yrs White Sand, Quartz, Clay, Marl 1.2 ha
Gewurztraminer
SGN
Gewurztraminer 20+ yrs Gravel, Clay 1.8 ha
Gewurztraminer
Fronholz SGN
Gewurztraminer 40+ years White Sand, Quartz, Clay, Marl 1.2 ha
Gewurztraminer
Fronholz VT
Gewurztraminer 40+ years White Sand, Quartz, Clay, Marl 1.2 ha
Muscat SGN
Fronholz
Muscat Ottonel 40+ yrs White Sand, Quartz, Clay, Marl .3 ha
* "ha" = hectares; one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres

VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION

• Certified Biodynamic and practicing since 1998
• Hand harvested
• Domaine owns 14.4 hectares of vineyards in over 88 separate plots spread over the villages of Epfig, Nothalten, Itterswiller, Ribeauvillé, and Albé
• Gentle pressing, fermentation with indigenous years until fully dry (with exception of Gewurztraminer)

Riesling “Les Jardins”
Gewurztraminer “Les Jardins”
Les Vieilles Vignes de Sylvaner:
• Fermented and aged in stainless steel tank
• Aged 12 months, sur lie, before bottling

Pinot Gris “Les Jardins”:
Pinot Blanc “Les Jardins”:
• Aged, sur lie, in old 228 L oak barrels, for 9 months

Pinot Noir “Les Jardins”:
• 100% de-stemmed
• Fermentation in stainless steel tank for 10 days with daily pumpovers
• Ages in stainless steel for 1 year

Gewurztraminer Fronholz “ A l'Orient d'Eden”:
• Fermented and aged in stainless steel tank
• Aged, sur lie, for 8 months
• 48 g/L RS

Muscat Fronholz
Riesling Clos Mathis
Riesling Fronholz
Riesling Heissenberg
Riesling Grand Cru Muenchberg:
• Fermented and aged in stainless steel tank
• Aged 12 months, sur lie, before bottling

Pinot Gris Fronholz
Pinot Gris Zellberg
Pinot Gris Grand Cru Muenchberg “A360P”:
• Aged in oak barrels, 10 – 20% new, for 1 year

Pinot Noir Fronholz:
• 100% de-stemmed
• Fermentation in stainless steel tank for 10 days with daily pumpovers
• Ages in old 228 L barrels for 1 year

Alsace “Le Passage de l’Aube” Macération:
• 2016 vintage is made from Gewurztraminer, the blend may change each year
• Fermented and macerated on skins for 3 weeks in stainless steel tanks
• 30% whole clusters, 70% de-stemmed
• Daily pumpovers
• Malolactic fermentation in stainless steel
• Aged in stainless steel for 9 months, then 6 months in bottle before release
• Neither fined, nor filtered
• Fully dry

Muscat Fronholz SGN
Gewurztraminer Fronholz VT
Gewurztraminer SGN
Gewurztraminer Fronholz SGN:
• Fermented and aged in stainless steel tank
• Aged, sur lie, in stainless steel tank for 8 month

The Fronholz Vineyard:
Located on the top and the southwest slopes of the hill of Epfig, the Fronholz vineyard gives wines with marked minerality, firm acidity, and elegant aromas that can be rather discreet in their youth. The estate’s four hectares are divided among Riesling (1 ha), Muscat (0.3 ha), Pinot Noir (0.3 ha), Pinot Gris (0.75 ha), Gewurztraminer (1.3 ha), and Sylvaner (0.35 ha).

The Heissenberg Vineyard:
Domaine Ostertag owns 0.75 hectares of vineyards in the Heissenberg or “Hot Mountain” vineyard in Nothalten. With a soil of pink sandstone of the Vosges and gneiss, this south-facing slope is planted exclusively to Riesling and gives fleshy, mineral wines with generous, exotic aromas.

The Zellberg Vineyard:
The southeast facing Zellberg vineyard is located on the mid-slopes in the village of Nothalten on a soil of clay, limestone, and the pink sandstone of the Vosges that gives fat, sensual wines with delicate aromas. The estate’s 0.45 hectares are planted to Pinot Gris.

Clos Mathis:
The Clos is located near Ribeauville at the foot of the trios châteaux and next to the grand cru Kirchberg. It is a terraced hillside of granite with south-east exposure.

The Muenchberg Vineyard:
From the Alsatian “muench” meaning monk, this vineyard is named for the Cistercian monks who originally planted vines here in the 11th-12th centuries. In a south-facing amphitheater in Nothalten at the foot of the Vosges mountains, the Muenchberg site combines volcanic sediment and the pink sandstone of the Vosges with a touch of limestone. The vineyard offers definition, elegance, and great length and class to the Riesling (1.65 ha) and Pinot Gris (0.40 ha, aka A360P) planted here.

MISCELLANEA

The Ostertag Family:
The name Ostertag means “Easter day,” and the family coat of arms shows the Easter lamb carrying a battle flag. This image was the inspiration for the estate’s logo of a sheep.

The Labels:
The images on the vins de fruit and vins de pierre labels are by André’s wife, Christine Colin-Ostertag.

General Information

Country
France
Region
Alsace
Appellation(s)
Alsace, Alsace Grand Cru
Producer
André Ostertag
Founded
1966
Annual Production
8,300 cases
Farming
Biodynamic (certified)
Website
http://domaine-ostertag.fr/en
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