Matawhero Gewurztraminer

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Quick Overview

The fruit for this wine was grown at our Matawhero vineyard, the first vineyard in NZ to plant Gewürztraminer. Matawhero has a long history with producing this variety and everyone was drinking it even the Queen back in the 70s and 80s. Silt loam over a clay base provides ideal growing conditions for the Gewürztraminer. Lovely aromas of rose petal and lychee with Turkish delight and spice.

Beautiful with milder Asian foods, blue cheese and fruit desserts.



Tasting Notes

Gisborne Gewürztraminer

Vineyard Review These grapes were sourced from the Matawhero Vineyard and the clones are 456 and Entav 47. Silt loams over clay soils provide ideal growing conditions for Gewürztraminer. Vertical Shoot Positioned vines were bunch thinned and leaf plucked to ensure an open canopy and a balanced crop load. This ensured full ripeness and intense flavours.

Harvest Analysis: Brix 21.2 Titratable Acidity 4.33g/l pH 3.80

Winemaking The harvest decisions at Matawhero are made after the winemaker and viticulturalist concur that the grapes are flavour ready. These grapes were harvested while still cool, transported quickly to the winery and then crushed to the press. The crushed grapes were kept in the press for several hours to maximise the spice and floral characters of this wonderful Gisborne variety. Once slightly clarified, the juice was carefully fermented using cool temperatures and an aroma enhancing yeast to maintain these vibrant characters in the final wine. The wine was gently fined using traditional methods before being filtered and bottled.

Wine Analysis: Alcohol 13.1% Titratable Acidity 6.25g/l pH 3.43 Residual sugar 6.18g/L

Wine Notes Colour Pale straw with hints of green.

Aroma Exotic rose petal, clove, lychee and star anise notes.

Palate Clean fruit-driven style, rich and full with lychee, Turkish Delight, spice and ginger notes. A broad wine that persists well.

Food Match Asian foods, blue cheese and fruit desserts


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