Dry River ‘Lovat’ Martinborough Gewurztraminer 2013

Gewurztraminer from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date - 08-Apr-2014

19.5-/20

Fruit from 21 y.o. vines from the ‘Lovat’ vineyard, picked in two passes, and stainless-steel fermented to 14.5% alc. and 28 g/L RS, the wine undergoing lees aging. Full, light golden-straw colour with some depth, lighter on rim. The nose is elegantly proportioned with well-concentrated and dense aromas, showing an amalgam of ripe tropical fruits, exotic florals, Turkish Delight, unfolding waves of creaming soda, honey, spices and ginger. Medium in sweetness, rich, luscious and ripe fruit flavours feature, with tropical fruits, exotic florals, honey, creaming soda and root ginger, forming a near-unctuous core. The mouthfeel is rounded, but there is alcohol power, balanced acid energy and drive allied with a fine, firm, phenolic texture forming the palate line. The flavours lead to a fresh, lively and lusciously rich finish with lingering floral and ginger notes and a touch of flinty reduction. This is a rich and superbly concentrated medium Gewurztraminer with layers of exotic floral and gingery flavours. Serve with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 5-6+ years. 19.5-/20 Apr 2014 RRP $45.00

Fermented to 14.5% alc. and 28 g/L RS. Brilliant. Brilliantly clear with pale straw colour. The bouquet is one of supreme varietal clarity, tightly bound and with what the French call ‘puissance’, a sinewy strength. Beautifully aromatic with an array of aromas from fine rose-petals to honey, lychee and a touch of creaming soda. Medium in sweetness, this has great finesse, vibrant vitality, purity and cut. There’s exoticism and floral beauty combined, and the palate flows with zest and richness. The linearity, poise and freshness are stunning, and the length a highlight. A beautiful wine in the truest sense. This is a wine the Dry River team can be immensely proud of. 6-8 years. 19.5/20 Mar 2014 RRP $45.00


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