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Johanneshof Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2016

21 July,2017
Aromatic whites are the forte of Warwick Foley and Edel Everling at Johanneshof Cellars at Koromiko, in Marlborough. If one were to compile a list of the best Gewurztraminers from New Zealand, the Johanneshof Cellars wine would be sure to appear on it. Having completed over 25 vintages in New Zealand, they have a strong understanding of making wines to represent the best of each vintage. In coming to understand and know the wines better over time, I realise I can underestimate how well the Gewurztraminer can develop in bottle. I’ve tasted the new release wines, which I’ve scored very well, but most of these wines have gone on to win multiple gold medals and many of them trophy awards. Maybe it’s Warwick’s modesty and influence in saying "the wine’s a little lighter than usual” that sets me off on viewing the wines as being more elegant than they really are! For the 2016 and 2017 vintages, Warwick has stated that these were indeed lighter years for their Gewurztraminer, but he and Edel worked hard on attaining balance. Thus the 2016 has a little less sweetness than other years. Here, I review the 2016 Gewurztraminer. I find it has no shortage of varietal character and in fact is a classical expression of this notoriously difficult variety to get right. Bravo!


Johanneshof Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2016

Gewurztraminer from New Zealand – Marlborough

Bright, even. Light golden-yellow colour, a little paler on the rim. The nose is gently full and voluminous with softly concentrated aromas of rose-petal florals, Turkish Delight, musk and savoury honey, and fresh, steely, root-ginger notes. This has excellent presence, balance and unfolds layers of detail. Medium-dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has up-front and intense flavours of Turkish Delight, rose-petal florals, savoury honey and musk notes, entwined with root-ginger elements. The fruit forms an elegantly concentrated core, and the mouthfeel has richness and is near-unctuous. Fresh, lacy acidity underlines the fruit, and the wine flows smoothly along a fine phenolic line with a little alcoholic drive, leading to a rich, generous finish with a touch of balancing classical varietal bitterness. This is an elegantly concentrated medium-dry Gewurztraminer with an array of rich aromatic, musky flavours and complexing savoury root-ginger suggestions on a near-unctuous palate. Serve with Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 4+ years. Fruit from the Lower Wairau, fermented in tank to 14.0% alc. and 10 g/L RS. 18.5+/20 Jul 2017 RRP $29.00
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