Petane Late Harvest Hawke’s Bay Gewürztraminer 2021 $ (tbc)

Clearly, the weather gods found favour with Philip Barber and his tiny wee crop of gewürztraminer in the summer of 2021. They were kept clean and dry and managed to hang on the vine long enough to start gently raisining and increasing their natural sugars. They were hand-harvested, (alongside a teensy splash of 10% pinot gris and 1% viognier) on the 11th May, then crushed to release their intensely sweet juice. That magical melange was then fermented together (co-fermented is the techy term) in a nice little stainless steel tank to preserve its magical mandarin, glorious ginger and feisty feijoa flavours fabulously. Fresh, perky and perfectly poised to sip with a sliver of salty Parmigiano.