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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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Villa Wolf 2018 Gewurztraminer 750ml

$21.65

Villa Wolf Gewürztraminer is clean, fruity and wonderfully light on its feet, showing off the aromatic charm of the variety without being heavy or ponderous. It has a deliciously juicy texture and a delightfully delicate aroma of spice and fresh...

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Gustave Lorentz 2018 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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Leon Beyer 2015 Gewurztraminer 750ml

$36.43

Ripe pear, canned and fresh peach and Amalfi lemon have an edge of Damask rose about them on the nose of this wine. The palate is juicy but light, dry and lemony, carrying peachiness as a memory on the slender body. The finish is dry, lemony and...

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Trimbach 2015 Gewurztraminer 750ml

$52.08

Good full yellow. The strongly floral nose also hints at smoky bacon and exotic fruits. Then almost austere and straightforward; a very strong saline bent frames the delicate tropical fruit and honeyed flavors. Tactile but also very pure on the long...

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