A mild winter led up to sap starting to flow in the last days of August. Thunderstorms and the warmest October on record encouraged fast vine growth in spring. A dry spell in December was broken by the wettest January since 1995 which reduced the need for supplementary irrigation. Thankfully the rain did not cause any splitting and extreme temperatures burnt off any fungal diseases. The vines also responded well to the new training methods put in place the previous year resulting in a good foliage canopy which protected the grapes from sunburn. Gewürztraminer was the first of our fruit to ripen and fruit quality was excellent. The delicate pink fruit was hand-picked.
We always make this wine in a drier Riesling-like style and take extreme care to harvest it at the exact moment when a balance between flavour and natural acidity has been reached. This can be difficult as the grape ripens quickly and as it does it loses that acidity and delicate citrus flavours. The 2016 vintage is an exceptional wine—clean and delicate with vibrant citrus and lychee flavours. The perfume is typical of the variety, laden with tropical fruits and rose petals.
93 points, James Halliday 2018 Wine Companion: “The spicy aromatics of the variety have been dialled down—merely a whisper of rose petal, musk and lychees—still utterly convincing and delicious. A delicacy on the finely tuned palate, lemon balm and cream then softish acidity and a fresh finish.”
Fresh and smoked fish, chicken and all kinds of cheeses.