Spring was exceptionally warm reaching 30˚c on 23 September 2017 (a new record) which encouraged bud burst in the Gewurztraminer on 28 September 2017. A freak hail storm in January reduced the quantity of the crop but fortunately quality was not affected as the grapes were too hard and small to split. Weeks of heatwaves in January are becoming a common occurrence now but we are fortunate that our old vines with their deep roots are resilient to these conditions only needing minimal night watering to survive the 35˚c plus temperatures. The Gewurztraminer was hand picked in the cool of the early morning on the 15th of February and was in the winery being processed by 10am. A cool and quick ferment followed in a stainless steel tank to preserve varietal flavour.
Some Gewürztraminers are exceptionally sweet however we make ours in a drier Riesling-like style. Gewürztraminer is all about a balance of flavours. It must be carefully picked at perfect ripeness to avoid high alcohol/sugar levels and too little acidity. Like Riesling, Gewürztraminer expresses terroir (the land or soil in which it is grown) easily and in the four vintages of making this wine from the Vintner’s Daughter vineyard we are seeing a consistent wine style emerge with vibrant acidity underpinning lychees and green apple flavours and a rose petal aroma.
Fresh and smoked fish, chicken and all kinds of cheeses.