The Interloper Gewurztraminer (2016)

The Interloper Gewurztraminer (2016)

2016 started off with an unusually early and hot spring that had buds bursting at the start of April. The growing season appeared to be set for a record early harvest and then the weather cooled off in July to a moderate summer. As a result the Gewürztraminer was able to hang and ripen nicely to provide a higher sugar level. The signature crispness of our estate vineyard is also present, so the wine is well balanced. Alsatian in perspective, this ripe, luscious wine, like our 2015 vintage, will improve in the bottle. Hang onto it for a few years and do a comparative tasting with the 2015 in, say, 2020.

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SKU: 991430-2
Wine Specs
Harvest Date
Harvested Date: October 3rd, 2016
Sugar
11 g/L
Acid
5.6
pH
3.51
Aging
Four months on lees in stainless steel
Fermentation
Fermentation: 45 days, 100% stainless steel
Alcohol %
14.2
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The nose shows heaps of pineapple, spice as well as some grapefruit, with rose petal that jumps out of the glass. This wine’s supple palate is well-layered with lychee and ripe stone fruit, fine acidity and a lengthy finish.
Vineyard Notes
80% Block 4 and 20% Block 5. Soil type is Naramata
Production Notes
60% of the fruit was cold soaked with skins for 12 hours to enhance complexity.
Food Pairing Notes
We harvested these grapes close to Thanksgiving, and coincidentally roast turkey would work well. Roast chicken is good too if you don’t want to go “full bird.”
Other Notes
Serve nicely chilled, but not too, too cold. Cold mutes the wine’s aromatics.