Gewurztraminer

We love its unique aromas of rose petals, lychees and Turkish delight with the odd savoury note (some mention bacon); however, we know it’s not to everyone’s taste – and we’ve seen quite a few customers visibly wince when they’ve smell it. That said, this is a very special grape (even if you don’t like it!). Nothing else smells or tastes like it and we marvel how a grape can produce such a singular host of aromas and flavours. Its home is in Alsace – where arguably the best examples come from – but it has spread its wings as far afield as New Zealand. Food-wise, it’s traditionally recommended as a good partner to spicy food and indeed, we’ve had spectacular matches with quite pokey Thai curry. Some also suggest it can complement stinky cheeses such as Munster and it’s certainly worked well with cheese fondue. However, savouring it by itself gives us immense pleasure – even if others are holding their noses!

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Joie Farm 2015 Gewurztraminer Reserve 750ml

$32.96

Winemaker’s Notes This wine is a dedicated Estate Gewürztraminer that we have bottled from the JoieFarm vineyard located on the Naramata Bench. It is a low-yielding vineyard that has been farmed sustainably with meticulous viticultural timing and...

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Blasted Church 2017 Gewurztraminer 750ml

$23.39

This beautifully balanced wine is 100% estate grown. Classic rose petal, blossom and lychee notes introduce the wine, followed by spice, orange and lime. Melon and orange open up the attack and lead into a pleasantly oily, but fresh, mid-palate with the...

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Niche Wine Company 2016 Gewurztraminer 750ml

$23.39

Crisp lime and lychee on the nose gives this Gewurtz an intoxicating aroma but it’s the peach and the passion fruit on the palette that give this off dry white wine a fresh and clean finish. Pairs well with crab, curry, chicken, and bacon. Yes,...

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Gustave Lorentz 2016 Reserve Gewurztraminer 750ml

$34.69

Pale yellow straw color. Perfumed, floral, inviting aromas of lush tropical flowers, overripe pineapple, fresh cilantro, and whipped cream with a round, crisp, off-dry medium-full body and a delightful, medium-length bruised pineapple, tuberose,...

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Weingut Stadt Krems 2012 Krems Gelber Traminer 375ml

$30.34

In another of this year's surprises, Miesbauer sprang a 2012 Gelber Traminer on me. It seems he'd forgotten to inform me that he planted these vines seven years ago in the original Sandgrube east of town, prompted not just by this grape's distinctive...

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Dirty Laundry 2017 Au Naturel Gewurztraminer 750ml

$26.87

The newest member of our Gewurztraminer family - "Au Naturel" spends 18 days on the skins which gives its characteristic "orange" hue. Fermented using only indigenous yeasts, this wine is made with minimal winemaking intervention. Limited quantities...

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