Natural Wine Co. Organic Gisborne Gewurztraminer 2015 $19.99 (3.5 stars)

This is about as natural as it gets for gewurztraminer production. Nicola and Geoff Wright are organic pioneers in Gisborne and alongside not adding any herbicides, insecticides or fungicides, they’re also not adding any yeast, opting instead for wild, ‘natural’ yeasts to conduct the ferment. This results in a funkier, dryer style, laced with lychee […]

Mon Cheval Waipara Gewurztraminer 2016 $29.99

Whoever said racehorses were a great way to lose money, clearly didn’t own ‘Under Cover Lover’, the champion racehorse who earned her owners enough cash to start their dream as winegrowers in Waipara’s Weka Pass. Very small amounts of this gewürztraminer were made by legendary winemaker CP Lin, and I love the ginger, musk and […]

Stonecroft Gimblett Gravels Gewürztraminer 2015 $25

This organically produced wine is golden and glossy in the glass and absolutely heaves with heady spices, musky pot pourri and Turkish delight aromas.  On the palate it’s defiantly dry, boasting a touch of flinty, mineral and ginger-edged heat, layers of ripe stonefruit and has a long, indulgently exotic finish. Sip with: Saag Chicken Tikka […]

Ataahua Waipara Gewurztraminer 2014 $26 ★★★★

Just the most gorgeous aromas of lemon sorbet, musky ginger, spun-sugar and turkish delight assail the nostrils as soon as the cap comes off a bottle of this baby.  On the palate it’s full, rich, deliciously dry and complex (which is SUCH a good thing for gewurztraminer).  Plus there’s chai spices and refreshing acidity on […]

Dunstan Road Central Otago Gewurztraminer 2015 $25 ★★★★

What you’re holding in your hand came from just one single row of 184 vines which winemaker Marc Hatfield had crafted into a lovely, lychee, ginger and musky pot pourri-packed gewürztraminer that has masses of natural fruit sweetness and a smooth, velvety mouthfeel.  Peach, persimmon and punchy roast pear flavours make this one of those […]

Stonecroft Gimblett Gravels Late Harvest Gewurztraminer 2016 375ml ($35) (4 stars)

I’ve loved Stonecroft gewürztraminer since aeons ago, yet this is the first time I’ve tried it made in a dessert style and I’ve got to say, it’s a real treat.  I love the tangy, musky, ginger and lychee flavours, all wrapped up in a layer of manuka honey and spice.  The acidity is super-refreshing and […]

Pegasus Bay Waipara Gewürztraminer 2014

Pegasus Bay Waipara Gewürztraminer 2014 $30 ★★★★★ Wow!  The glittering yellow diamond colour of this wine is quite mesmerizing.  It smells like the most delicious combo of lemon Turkish delight, ginger, rose water, Christmas lilies, toffee, runny honey and spice.  Rich, unctuous, generously fruity and tangy it is too, making this an irresistibly un-put-downable example.

Grove Mill Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2013

Grove Mill Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2013 $22 ★★★★★ Gewurz-hounds ahoy!  If you go gaga for classic lychee-soaked, ginger-kissed, peach-packed gewürztraminer, then this little gem will have you swooning.  Especially when you find out it’s a mere $22.  The perfume is exotic, the fruit sweet and tangy, and it feels mouthwatering and silky to drink.  Why are […]

Allan Scott Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2015

Allan Scott Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2015 $19 ★★★½ Just in case you needed a refresher, it’s pronounced (gah-werts-tra-meener) and it translates to ‘spicy wine’ in German, it’s spiritual homeland.  Fans of Turkish Delight will want to do a little dance as soon as they sip this, because with its alluring rose petal, ginger and musky-sweet lychee-like […]

Giesen ‘The Brothers’ Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2014

Giesen ‘The Brothers’ Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2014 $29.80 ★★★★ An explosion of lychee and ginger, peach and plush, musky sweetness is going to hit you in this ripe, rumpty gewürztraminer that’ll have you asking for another glass pronto.  If the tropical, spicy, juicy flavours don’t wow you, then the pure, refreshing, finish definitely will.  While it’s […]

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