Dry River ‘Lovat’ Martinborough Gewurztraminer 2016

Gewurztraminer from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 18-Apr-2017
Bright, light golden-hued yellow with some depth, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is very fresh with refined and tightly bound, concentrated and penetrating with aromas of rose-petals and exotic florals, with notes of ripe yellow stonefruits unfolding a layer of musk entwined with nuances of honey and nuts. Medium to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has bright, lively and rich with exotic fruit flavours of rose-petals and florals entwined with tropical fruits and yellow stonefruits, forming a concentrated core with notes of musk, spices and nutty elements. The palate has a firm line enlivened by refreshing, steely acidity, and the wine flows smoothly with fine textures guiding the flavours to a very long and sustained off-dry finish showing musk, florals, spices and honey. This is a tightly bound and concentrated medium Gewurztraminer with rich, but firm flavours of exotic florals, musk, spices and honey on a fresh, linear palate with a long, lingering finish. Serve with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 5+ years. The fruit with shrivel harvested in 4 stages, the earliest pick comprising 12% of the wine fermented in and aged 8 months in a seasoned hogshead barrel, the remaining picks, the last with heavy botrytis infection, fermented in stainless-steel and aged 6 month on lees. The wine is 13.5% alc. and approx. 20 g/L RS, with TA 5.5 g/L and pH 3.46. 19.0+/20 Apr 2017 RRP $45.00 Pale straw-yellow colour. The nose is intensely perfumed with rose-petal and exotic florals, notes of Turkish Delight, the aromatics with depth and penetration. Medium in sweetness and medium-full bodied, the palate has opulent and exotic flavours in the floral spectrum, with rose-petals and Turkish Delight and subtle notes of musk and honey. The wine is very smooth in texture, the phenolics totally integral, and the acidity providing good freshness and tension. There is some alcohol power, in excellent balance, driving the wine. This has linearity and length. Fruit from the ‘Lovat’ vineyard, fermented with 10% in oak to 13.5% alc. and 20 g/L RS. 19.0-/20 Mar 2017 RRP $47.00

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