Enticing floral notes or rose petals and jasmine are the initial flavours on the nose and palate; followed by lychee and subtle hints of ginger.
2014 vintage started with a phenomenal growing season that saw the right amount of sunlight and perfectly timed rain with lovely temperatures, right up until the time of ripening. The great weather allowed us to start picking 10 days ahead of previous vintage. Then came cold rain, which lead to six days without any harvesting. The slightly cooler temperatures had resulted in keeping the grapes clean from disease but had resulted in lower sugar levels, keeping the alcohol levels in check.
With more heavy rain forecasted the normally consistent pace of picking rapidly changed to beat the rain and finish this exciting season just before Easter.
Grapes were picked in the early hours of the morning and left on-skins until the early hours of the evening, enhancing the spicy and floral characters of this originally North Italian variety (Tramin region). To retain as many of these volatile flavours as possible, the wine was fermented at 11 deg celsius and ferment stopped through further cooling when it had the perfect balance of natural sugar and acid. The wine was then left on-lees for another 2 months and chilled to add extra complexity.
This elegant and balanced Gewürztraminer is best enjoyed with Asian dishes or as a solo companion to finish off a great night with friends.
In The Spotlight
Raymondchan Wine Review Nov 2014
Bright, very pale straw colour with some green hues, near colourless on rim. The nose is light and elegant, with delicate, steely, minerally infused aromas of rose-petal florals with nuances of Turkish Delight and musk. Off-dry to taste, clean, pure and refined flavours of rose-petal florals show with a gentle richness and sweetness. The palate is balanced by fresh acid cut, lending energy and tension and the wine is smooth-flowing. There is a degree of unctuousness, and musk elements emerge on mid-palate. The wine has a good core and follows a very fine line to a light, dry, lingering finish. This is a pure, smooth-textured, delicate off-dry Gewuztraminer to serve with mildly spicy Asian fare over the next 2-3 years. Fruit given skin contact and cool-fermented to 13.4% alc. and 9.5 g/L RS, the wine aged 2 months on lees. 135 cases made.
17.0/20. Awarded 4 Stars
|Harvest Date||14 March 2014|
|Bottling Date||8 September 2014|
|RS (Residual Sugar)||9.5g/L|
|TA (Total acidity)||5.4g/L|
Anchorage Family Estate Gewürztraminer 2014
- Producer: Anchorage Family Estate
- Region: Nelson, New Zealand
- Availability: In Stock