Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Gewürztraminer 2019

April 10, 2021By Yvonne

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Gewürztraminer 2019 $30 Smell that beeswax character? That’s coming directly from the high proportion of botrytis-infected fruit (the ‘noble’ rot) which adds sweetness and texture to the already ripe, lychee and ginger-soaked sensations present in the gewürztraminer grapes. Slick, smooth, slippery acidity and luscious length of flavour make this a classic. … Read More

Whitehaven Marlborough Gewürztraminer 2020

January 27, 2021By Yvonne

Whitehaven Marlborough Gewürztraminer 2020 $22 I may as well be siting outside the gates at Whitehaven as summer approaches, stalking them basically, because my infatuation for their gewürztraminer is so ridiculous. I can’t even remember if there was ever a time that I was less than wowed by any vintage they’ve released. They manage to … Read More

Matawhero Single Vineyard Gisborne Gewürztraminer 2020

December 17, 2020By Yvonne

Matawhero Single Vineyard Gisborne Gewürztraminer 2020 $23.99 It is super-easy to see how this wine, in its short lifespan, has made such an impact out there among gewurz-hounds. It boasts beautiful top notes of classic lychee, white peach, pear and honeysuckle, while on the palate it reveals crisp, clean, juicy stone fruit and spice saturation. … Read More

Petane Station Bellbird Block Gewürztraminer 2020

December 2, 2020By Yvonne

Petane Station Bellbird Block Gewürztraminer 2020 $36 With just 70 dozen made of this lychee-laden little lovely from out Esk Valley way, by the time I finish writing this review it’ll possibly all be gone! My individually numbered bottle (the gorgeous no. 915) poured a perfectly pale gold wine, bursting with baking spices, mango, rosewater … Read More

Blackenbrook Shangri-La Nelson Gewürztraminer 2020

November 10, 2020By Yvonne

Blackenbrook Shangri-La Nelson Gewürztraminer 2020 $23 One Nelsonian name associated with great gewürztraminer is Blackenbrook. It’s like they’ve got lychee and ginger running in their veins – they never seem to turn out anything but sensational styles and this 2020 example is no exception. Fresh, feisty, dry, clean and crunchy textures merge with pure pear, … Read More

Old Coach Road Nelson Gewürztraminer 2020

July 6, 2020By Yvonne

Old Coach Road Nelson Gewürztraminer 2020 $14 Tropical fruit? Check. Lychee? Check. Ginger? Check!  This is an absolute classic kiwi gewürztraminer that is an excellent example for those wanting a friendly, approachable example from the sunshine capital of the country.  Smooth, luscious and pretty darn tasty. http://www.oldcoachroad.co.nz

The Darling Arnst Marlborough Gewürztraminer 2017

June 8, 2020By Yvonne

The Darling Arnst Marlborough Gewürztraminer 2017 $27.20 Famous for what it doesn’t contain, this organic, unfined, unfiltered, vegan-friendly gewürztraminer is snappy and dry and heaving with ginger, citrus and spice.  It’s on the edge, it’s running through the night, it’s got a haircut that’d earn a detention at school and chances are, it’s not the … Read More

Schist Hills Old Vines Central Otago Gewürztraminer 2013

May 19, 2020By Yvonne

Schist Hills Old Vines Central Otago Gewürztraminer 2013 $18.99 John and Christine Rasmussen of Schist Hills source this gewürz from their Black Ridge vineyard, home to the oldest gewürztraminer vines in Alexandra. It’s a crisp, dry style, with just enough lychee, peach and Turkish delight characters to inject a tweak of sweet into an otherwise … Read More

Schist Hills Old Vines Central Otago Gewürztraminer 2014

May 3, 2020By Yvonne

Schist Hills Old Vines Central Otago Gewürztraminer 2014 $18.99 I love how the 2014 vintage has a different spectrum of spice than the 2013, yet it still flashes the Schisty signature of peach, lychee and ginger. Sourced from John and Christine Rasmussen’s Black Ridge vineyard, (where Alexandra’s oldest gewürztraminer vines grow), it flaunts layers of generosity … Read More

Charcoal Gully Late Harvest Central Otago Gewürztraminer 2014

May 2, 2020By Yvonne

Charcoal Gully Late Harvest Central Otago Gewürztraminer 2014 $30 Gewürztraminer crafted in a late harvest style is a rare thing, so whenever one slinks its way across my desk I tend to get a tad excited.  Hand-harvested six weeks after their initial harvest, gave the fruit time to slightly raisin and concentrate the flavours to … Read More