Grape Variety: 100% Gewurztraminer
Growing Region: Ohiti Estate, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
Owner/ Winemaker: Peter Robertson
I know that Gewurztraminer is not always high on ones list when choosing wine for dinner and taking around to a friend's place for a BBQ. But if you just take a few extra seconds to think about your favourite foods and what is now common on many menus - you will realise that Gewurztraminer is more of a match than first thought. Many wok fried dishes, anything with a hint of spice or ginger, Thai chicken hot or cold, noodles dishes, fish and white meat dishes with a good amount of seasoning will all match well.
The fruit for this wine was sourced from the Ohiti Estate which is located in an inland heat trap on the bed of the old Ngaruroro River. It can easily be 3 degrees warmer than many parts of Hawke's Bay.
Harvesting began early in the morning when the fruit was still quite cool. The fruit was immediately trucked to the winery after harvest and pressed. The juice was then cold settled over night before yeast inoculation and careful fermentation.
In the glass you have a youthful straw-gold colour. On the nose this wine is dominated by fresh lychee flavours with a hint of rose petal. As this wine has a hint of residual sweetness - it will taste sweeter after having some time in the bottle and hints of 'Turkish-delight' characters will appear. On the palate the length is sustained by balanced alcohol, which also gives the wine a full mid palate feel and a lingering finish. Serve at 8-10C.
Drinking perfectly well now; and will age for another 4-5 years.
SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine match with pan seared scallops with ginger infusion, Thai chicken salad and young cheeses, enjoy.