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Gewürztraminer - Susan - 2010
Variety: Gewürztraminer 100% Region: Martinborough, NZ Style: Off Dry
Vintage: The 2010 vintage was a difficult, challenging year. The weather through Spring and Summer was Quixotic. Autumn was good with a dry March and April then winter closed us out. Patience is a virtue when waiting for flavours to develop. All fruit was clean this year – free of Botrytis cinerea.
Vineyard: One vineyard only.
Production: Hand picked fruit was delivered to the winery for processing ASAP. On arrival the fruit was loaded to the press for whole bunch pressing. Pectinase enzyme added for clarification and to aid juice extraction. Juice ex press pumped to tank for settling.
On clarification the juice was inoculated with a very select yeast culture for fermentation. Ferment temperature range 10oC to 15oC to ensure maximum retention of colour, aroma and flavour compounds. Rapid clarification once stopped retained the freshness and delicacy of this off dry style.
Appearance: Beautiful light gold colour with a slight tinge of green.
Aroma: Fragrant, pungent, varietal aroma. This will develop more in bottle.
Palate: Just off dry with good weight and fruitfulness and a hint of residual sweetness. Well balanced, again with elegance and finesse. A long living wine with a richer flavour potential in time.
Cellaring: Medium term, 7 to 10 years in a cooler cellar.
Serving: Best presented at 10oC to 12oC for overall enjoyment.
Food Accompaniment: With lightly spiced food initially, lighter white meat dishes, lighter fish, lighter cheeses. Will be more versatile when aged.