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Charcoal Gully Central Otago 2014 and 2013 Gewurztraminer

19 April,2017
Charcoal Gully Estate is the Central Otago wine venture of Brian and Cheryll Sanders who have 9 ha of vines on their 28 ha property next to Mt Pisa Station on the western side of Lake Dunstan near Cromwell. There are 7 ha of Pinot Noir, these planted in 2003, and 2 ha of Gewurztraminer, planted in 2004. James Dicey tends to the viticulture, and the Sanders’ wines are made by Pete Bartle at ViPro. The name ‘Sallys Pinch’ refers to a Sally, spirited horse and the difficult, narrow pass, or ‘pinch’ at the top of Mt Pisa. The wines have had to date an excellent record at wines judging competitions and show a growing consistency of style. www.charcoalgully.co.nz

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Charcoal Gully ‘Sallys Pinch’ Central Otago Gewurztraminer 2014

Gewurztraminer from New Zealand – Otago

18/20
Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, very light on the edge. This has a very fine, soft and elegant nose with delicate and pure aromas of rose-petal and exotic florals, a little muskiness and subtle herb and mineral notes. The aromatics are detailed and form a good core. Off-dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has fragrant flavours of exotic rose-petal, and white and yellow florals, entwined with musk and hints of honey, along with refreshing mineral nuances. The mouthfeel is soft-textured and gently rich, showing a degree of unctuousness, with integrated, fresh acidity. The wine flows along a smooth, seamless line with some alcohol drive, leading to a soft, lingering finish of rose-petals and musk. This is a soft and gently rich and unctuous off-dry Gewurztraminer with delicate exotic florals and a smooth, seamless palate, Match with Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese fare over the next 3-4 years. Hand-picked fruit given 24 hours skin contact and fermented in tank to 14.1% alc. and 8 g/L RS. 18.0-20 Apr 2017 RRP $21.00

Charcoal Gully ‘Sallys Pinch’ Central Otago Gewurztraminer 2013

Gewurztraminer from New Zealand – Otago

17.5/20
Bright, very pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, pale on the rim. The nose is elegant and finely concentrated with a soft core of exotic yellow stonefruits, rose-petals, lychees and subtle notes of root ginger, unveiling musk and steely minerals. The nose is now beginning to show signs of savoury bottle development. Off-dry to taste, the palate has good body and presence, with flavours of rose-petals, savoury yellow stonefruits, lychees and root ginger. Some secondary development is appearing. The wine flows smoothly along a fine line, driven by a little alcohol power, and acidity soft lends roundness to the mouthfeel. The wine carries to a lightly nuanced finish. This is a rounded, off-dry Gewurztraminer with good body and presence, now beginning to show some savoury detail to the rose-petal, lychee and root ginger flavours. Hand-picked fruit given 24 hours skin contact and fermented in tank to 14.4% alc. and 6.2 g/L RS. 17.5/20 Apr 2017 RRP $21.00
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