Heida

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Switzerland  Valais 

Mouth-wateringly fantastic. A taste of summer meadows. This is up there with the very best Valaisan whites you will find.

Features Unoaked, "Slow Wine", Old Vines, Vegetarian and Vegan
Style White, Still, Dry, Single Variety
Varieties
  • Alpine Wines Grape Varieties: Traminer / Heida
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Not just a museum piece, this is up there with the very best Valaisan whites you will find.

Heida / Traminer / Savagnin / Païen - this is a grape variety you find all over the Alpine regions and further afield. For me it is one of the great white wine varieties, up there with Chardonnay and Riesling, producing great wines on several continents, able to go from sparkling to dessert and with great ageing potential. If you haven't tried the Swiss and Austrian versions, you owe it to yourself to try.

Style White, Still, Dry, Single Variety
Winemaker Chanton Wein
Country Switzerland
Region Valais
Features Unoaked, "Slow Wine", Old Vines, Vegetarian and Vegan
AOC AOC Valais
Vineyard Visperterminen, Varen
Aged In Steel
Closure Natural Cork
Varieties Traminer / Heida
Composition Heida 100%
Ripeness Normal
Winemaking Spontaneous Yeast, Unfiltered, Low Added Sulphur
Asparagus, exotic spiced vegetables, cheese plates, beef, terrines, mushrooms or fish dishes such as salmon or lobster.
Tasting Notes

A pale yellow, the nose has spicy minerals and exotic scents of ripe fruit and acacia honey. On the palate it is rich and expressive with hints of quince, peach and mirabelle, just a hint of residual sweetness, some peppery spice and a subtle acidity. Served chilled, around 6-8°C.

Vintage 2010

lost and found again, this is still a very interesting wine. A bit closed at first, but then a very rich wow nose comes out to play. Dense in fruit (red berries, khaki) and spice and not really showing much age - or perhaps the tertiary notes come out very fruity. Very typical altitude Heida still.

On the palate it is not as wow as the now. Very dry, has lost fruit but remains dense and spicy, though I think the alcohol is a bit noticeable (would be less so if served with food). Still balanced, and very easy to drink

2010
Product Code 4112038
Size 75cl
Alcohol 11
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The name for Chanton's Heida "Gletscherwein" (or Glacier wine) stems from the fact that the grapes used for this wine come from various high terraced sites in the "Valley of the Virgin" which leads from Visp, through Visperterminen, on towards Zermatt and the Matterhorn and grow in sight of the several glaciers in the region. Chanton's first plantings of Heida were made in 1964 and now the average age is well over 35 years.

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