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AOC Riesling 2018 Vieilles Vignes – Sipp Mack

Written by Piero Pardini

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Credits: Sipp Mack

The vineyards surrounding Hunawihr are an expression of the timeless history of the village’s precious link with the world of wine.
Along the picturesque narrow streets, Alsatian traditions, handed down over the centuries, emerge in every corner.
Sipp Mack, a 9th generation family winery, currently run by Laura and Jacques Sipp with their daughter, Carolyn, is located at the top of the village.
The Sipp Mack winery was founded in 1959, following the marriage of two winemaking families, François Sipp from Ribeauvillé and Marie Louise Mack from Hunawihr. In 1983, after studying viticulture and enology, business school and working experience in American wineries for two years, his son Jacques returned to Alsace to join the family estate. He took his wife, Laura, a Californian graduate of the University of California Davis wine program with him.
Jacques and Laura brought a new vision to vineyard and cellar operations. Their desire to produce pure and consistently high quality wines that reflect their soils has led them to combine Alsatian traditions with modern technologies and production methods that protect the environment. After years of certified sustainable agriculture and integrated pest management, they have converted the entire company into certified organic agriculture.
Today, a new breeze flows through the family winery with the arrival of their daughter, Carolyn. Her dynamism and her creative ideas enrich and consolidate the artisanal approach to viticulture and winemaking.
Fifty percent of the wines produced are now available in various export markets. Despite relatively rapid changes, the estate has managed to maintain its family-oriented nature and appreciation of its rich heritage.
Sipp Mack vinifies all seven varieties of wines of the AOC Alsace appellation, Crémant d’Alsace, and wines from two Alsatian Grand Crus: Grand Cru Rosacker (Hunawihr) and Grand Cru Osterberg (Ribeauvillé). In excellent vintages, the company also produces Late Harvest wines.

Wine: Riesling
Variety composition: 100% Riesling.
Denomination: AOC Vin d’Alsace.
Soil: clayey limestone.
Vintage 2018: the exceptional 2018 vintage will be remembered as much for its unusual climate as for the care in choosing the best harvest dates. For the first time in Sipp Mack’s history, the harvest began in August with the Crémant grapes and ended 5 weeks later with the grapes for our late harvest wines.

AOC Riesling 2018 Vieilles Vignes - Sipp Mack

© Sipp Mack

Visual exam
Clarity: crystal-clear
Color: straw yellow
Consistency: consistent
Remarks: bright.

Olfactory examination
Intensity: intense
Complexity: complex
Quality: fine
Description: floral, fruity, herbaceous and mineral.
Observations: the sample opens with a floral scent of fresh white wild flowers, fruity notes of apple, peach, apricot. Hints of mown grass and undergrowth, mineral hints of hydrocarbons, flint and slate. A citrus note closes the olfactory bouquet.

Taste – olfactory examination
Sugars: dry
Alcohols: warm
Polyalcohols: smooth
Acids: fresh
Tannins: –
Minerality: mineral
Structure: full-bodied
Balance: balanced
Intensity: intense
Length: long
Quality: good

Final remarks
Evolutionary state: mature
Harmony: harmonious
Remarks: sample of good acidity and freshness. The olfactory range is very varied and there is correspondence with the taste. A champion of personality and elegance.


Pairing: sweet and sour pork.

Sipp Mack
1 rue des Vosges
68150 Hunawihr – France
Phone +33 (0)3 89 73 61 88

About the author

Piero Pardini

Founder and editor of "The Wolf Post", Italian based International digital wine platform.
Freelance Journalist.
Wine critic and Sommelier.
He has also written about sports and technology for some specialized magazines.
Co-author of the authorized biography "Gianni Clerici - The writer, the poet the journalist", Le Lettere, Firenze.

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