When I first purchased Edelzwicker and posted about it on Instagram, I got such great feedback that I decided to go big (or go home) and buy another bottle from the same producer - Domaine Durrmann. Double tasting time!
Domaine Durrmann are located in Alsace (France), a region that is popular around the world for its Pinots, Rieslings and Gewürztraminers. A lot of great wines come from Alsace and nonetheless, Domaine Durmann have distinguished themselves in the natural wine world for converting to organic in 1998 and for applying the natural, low intervention philosophy to their work in the vineyard and in the cellar.
Both wines come in fun bottles - Edelzwicker comes in a 1L bottle that makes it look like homemade pear juice, with a golden screw-cap, while the Pinot comes in a thin, tall Riesling-style bottle with a golden foil capsule.
Edelzwicker 2019 - blend of 50% Gewürztraminer and 50% Sylvaner (comes in a 1L bottle)
Let's talk about the pear juice first - proper juice bomb right there! I'm not very familiar with Sylvaner as a grape, so it might be that the Gewürztraminer grape is going to take all the credit this time, but anyway - what a wine! It's a white wine, quite cloudy but has a bright colour, almost looking like when you squeeze a lemon but without the bits. Very perfumed on the nose and dangerously easy drinking. The main aromas I found are lemon peel, grapefruit, pineapple, lychee, aromatics like thyme and hint of a basil leaf. Acidity - high. Mineral? Yes. It also has a very light fizz that makes things texturally interesting. The finish is not extremely elegant and in this it demands for more. I'll allow it.
Pinot Noir Nature 2019 - 100% Pinot Noir
The Pinot Noir Nature is a completely different wine - of course, it comes from a different grape variety and it's a red wine (duh), but there's more. It feels like a more serious, grown up, back to the earth wine. Yes, earth, because it's incredibly earthy. It has a glowing red colour and despite seeming a little oxidative at first, it opened and brightened up big time. It's very much on the funkier side of things, so don't expect a beautiful bouquet of roses. It's light and very herbal, crunchy cherry, blueberry, definitely unique. I wouldn't say this is a wine for every palate. Serve lightly chilled and let it breathe some air before swirling and tasting.
I don't know about you, but now I want to taste all the other wines by Domaine Durrman!