Hirsch San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir is the flagship wine from Hirsch, and the wine that represents the summation of Hirsch Vineyards complex vineyards.
Mid weight with very pure fruit texture and balance - floral with hints of cherries and spices.
Hochkirch 'Villages' 2015 Pinot Noir is floral and rich with a full nose and a powerful and resonant aroma.
The palate has attractive sweetness followed by fine tannins, great structure and a long and savoury finish.
This 2017 vintage year has been a real emotional roller-coaster ride.
The year started well enough with plenty of winter rain and a rapid first budding leading us into an ideal start
to the spring season.
And then on the night of 19/20 April the Alsace region suffered its worst frost in 30 years. The damage was
extensive but highly variable, anything from 0 to 80% destruction depending on the local conditions. Riquewihr
was really hit very hard. All growth stopped for a number of days and the vines finally began to flower on 31
May. During the flowering season the conditions were perfect with regular rains and the vines grew magnificently
throughout the summer. And almost no disease outbreaks whatsoever. We were wary of being optimist but we
had a good feeling.
The harvest opened on 31 August! We started on 12 September under radiant sunshine. Then... Hailstorms on
17 September! That was not part of the plan, very unusual for the season and the region! Yes, 2017 was really
turning out to be a hell of a roller-coaster ride. In the end there was little real damage apart from a Pflostig field
which didn't come in until the next day. Phew.
At the end of the harvest the weather was perfect with the added bonus of some wonderful late harvests,
Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris. It was a tough one but the 2017 vintage will produce really great wines.
This wine has a wonderfully intense and lively colour with a nice crystalline metallic sheen over a young, fresh and alert pale green with hints of pale yellow. It has a magnificent pure and sophisticated nose which generously releases a sense of freshness, openness and perfumed, expressive, fruity and floral spontaneity with delicate hints of Muscat, white peach, lemon balm, rose, hawthorn, jasmine, freesia, lime tree and cherry blossom, lychee and pear. This is a fresh and refreshing dry wine, with a wonderful heady and rounded and rounded generosity that is combined with a remarkable sapidity, it has a full and delicious flavour filled with charm and sophistication.