Ataahua Late Harvest Waipara Gewurztraminer 2014 375ml ($26) (4 stars)

If just looking at this golden glass of sweet deliciousness doesn’t seduce you, and turn you into a wobbly fool, then the magically musky, toffee-infused terrificness of this wine absolutely will. Silky and softly spiced, it’s indulgently, dangerously good and deserves to be consumed with a smile. And some of that new Castello truffle cheese […]

Soljans Estate Gisborne Gewurztraminer 2016 $19.90

You’ll be wanting to move the Monaro and the Commodore to get to the Cortina so you can take this little bottle from West Auckland out to the local BYO Thai. With classic musky notes on the nose, ginger, lychee and all that gewürztraminer good stuff, stylistically it’s grown on the East coast, schooled out […]

Kaimira Estate Brightwater Nelson Gewurztraminer 2016 $25

Certified organic, this wine is one huge high-five as to why Nelson is considered New Zealand’s spiritual home of the aromatic white wines. ‘Kaimira’ is named after an old flour mill built near the site of the original winery, but today it’s all about the grapes. Perfumed with nectarine and jasmine and sultry, dusky, musky […]

Natural Wine Co. Organic Gisborne Gewurztraminer 2015 $17.99

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. Here’s a funkier, smokier, drier style, laced with lychee and […]

Huia Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2015 $32

This is a wine that I hanker for each year.  Apart from being one of Marlborough’s most dedicated pioneers of organic and biodynamic winegrowing, Mike and Claire Allan of Huia Vineyards are gewürztraminer nuts, which means they’re my kind of people.  With lashings of white pepper, lychee, musky, honeysuckle notes and gingery goodness on the […]

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 […]

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