Mittnacht Gyotaku White 2018

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Tasting Notes

Founded in 1958, Domaine Mittnacht is a family-run estate led by the charming couple of Christophe and Yuka Mittnacht.  They currently farm 50 acres, some of the finest vineyards around the town of Hunawihr.  Christophe was an early pioneer of the biodynamic movement, believing that biologically complex, complete soils are essential for producing elegant and terroir driven wines.  The domaine was officially certified biodynamic in 1999 – one of the very first in all of Alsace.

Christophe believes in minimal intervention and letting the soil sing using neutral wood and tank to deliver spot-on, expressive and beautifully delicate wines.  He strives to harvest balanced fruit and to avoid the excesses of alcohol and residual sugar that mask the freshness and florality that make Alsace so special.

Grapes for this wine grow on limestone and marl. They are co-fermented in stainless steel using indigenous yeast and are also aged in tank. “Gyotaku” refers to a traditional Japanese art form created by pressing paper onto a fish covered in ink.

TASTING NOTES

Aromatic and floral, yet dry and focused, this is the winery’s version of a Gentil (standard Alsace white blend). This is a soft, peachy white wine, backed by a nice tang of sweet-tart acidity, displaying flavors of apricot and Gala apple, with a hint of mango and a clean finish.

FOOD PAIRING

This was made specifically for sushi and sashimi and was created through the marriage of the winemaker and his Japanese Chef wife. (Yuka’s father has a restaurant in Tokyo). It would also shine with highly-seasoned food such as Indian, Asian, Caribbean or spicy dishes because of its perfume and tropical nature. Alternatively, enjoy with ham, pork, chicken or a fruit and cheese plate.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Cheese, Chicken/Turkey, Dessert (fruit), East Asian (Chinese/Japanese/Korean), Ham, Indian Food, Pork, Spicy Food, Sushi, Thai or Vietnamese, Tomato Sauce

Color:
White
Origin:
France, Alsace
Grape Varietal:
40% Pinot Blanc, 30% Riesling, 10% Gewürztraminer, 10% Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris, 10% Muscat
Eco-friendly:
Biodynamic
Price:
$22.50 each
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