Ohne Gewurztraminer 2021
Limited Availability, aka very small batch.
Gewürztraminer, 'Truh-mean-er' if the phonetics are too much. A grape of brilliant aromatics, only passed by the pigment of it's skin.
Harvested March 18th, left on skins for a few hours – get that flavour – before being pressed on an extended press cycle, hard pressings left separate. Juice slightly chilled and mixed before being carefully racked to barrel, minimal solids.
Wild yeast fermentation began some days later, there was no addition of sulphur before fermentation.
Fermented in 2x old French puncheon and 1x barriques before being consolidated for maturation. Again, ferment was a long one with sulphur not added until early summer. Minimal batonage. After 11 months in barrel on ferment lees the wine was carefully racked for the first time before being left to settle in tank for a further 4 weeks.
“A very hard grape to get right is Gewürztraminer, though I’d say thev’ve done a fine job of it here. Rosewater, lychee, ginger, musk, fresh apricot. Its fresh, a little nutty, almost like a sake-like character, juicy and slightly flinty, perfume and again the lychee, but some citrus acidity and flavour, a long gentle slippery umami-laced finish. Bang on”. -- Gary Walsh, The Winefront
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