Estate: The Binner estate has been passed down to each generation since its founding in 1770. Christian Binner is the currant head of the domaine, he is passionate about organic, biodynamic and minimal intervention methods [certified organic]. The 9 hectare domaine in Alsace has 6 hectares of old vine vineyards, 40% of the vines are over 60 years old, with many nearly 100 years in age. Vineyards are in Côteaux d’Ammerschwihr, along with several plots in the prized grand cru of Kaefferkopf.
Winemaking: Grapes are from are from 2 consecutive vintages, from south facing hillside vineyards with limestone soils. 20% was macerated for 8 months and 80% macerated for 8 days, bottled in autumn 2020. Unfined, unfiltered, no added So2.
‘Si Rose’ was inspired by Roman winemaking in which white wine was made with macerated [skin contact] grapes, “releasing the tannins and natural colours of the grapes”. Additionally, climate change is increasing the temperature in Alsace, causing difficulties with the slow ripening varieties. Binner looked to ancient winemaking techniques of the Mediterranean “which historically have known how to vinify fleshy and powerful grape varieties in hot regions, to make fresh, gourmet and palatable wines. Their secret: macerated the whites, which makes an orange wine”.
Tasting Notes: Bright coral-orange in colour, very aromatic; with mango, rose water, melon, grapefruit, nutmeg, orange. Delicate Bergamot black tea tannins and tingly acidity accent layers of blood orange, strawberry, peach, grapefruit, mango, nectarine, lavender, candied ginger. Thyme, orange and citrus zest infuse the crisp, mineral finish. Vibrant, striking, spectacular.
65% Gewurztraminer, 35% Pinot Gris
Vin de France
Bottled by Christian Binner
$37 [average price]