Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"Our Gewürztraminer shows classic lychee and ginger characters on the nose. The palate is dry to taste and very focused. We avoid the typical oily varietal characters thanks to the alluvial soils of this vineyard. This wine reward cellaring for the next 10 years.
This is a single vineyard wine made with fruit from our Rapaura Road vineyard, next to the winery. The vines were planted in 1995 and while the planting plan is long since lost, we believe there are up to seven different clone and rootstock combinations in the block. The fruit is machine harvested in two passes. The picks are fermented separately and then blended back together as wine. The early pick lends acidity to the wine and also a strong ginger flavour. The later pick has more classic Gewürztraminer characters – lychee and lemongrass.
In 2019 the Gewürztraminer yields were the lowest we have ever seen. This has resulted in a wine with great concentration and depth."
Reviews for the 2018 vintage below…
5 Stars & 93/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, May 2019 (2018 Vintage)
"It is attractively fruited and classically perfumed on the nose showing mango, lychee, floral and subtle spice aromas, leading to a wonderfully flavoursome palate that is filled with youthful fruit intensity and rounded mouthfeel. It is up front and refreshing, offering excellent drinking. At its best: now to 2021."
4 Stars Michael Cooper (2018 Vintage)
"The 2018 vintage is still a baby. Bright, light lemon/green, it is enticingly perfumed and vibrantly fruity, with fresh pear and lychee flavours, balanced acidity and a distinctly spicy, slightly gingery, dry (2.1 grams/litre of residual sugar) finish. Best drinking 2020+."