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Spy Valley ‘Envoy’ ‘Johnson Vineyard’ Waihopai Valley Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2016

Gewurztraminer from New Zealand – Marlborough
Review Date - 24-Jun-2017

19+/20

Brilliant light golden-yellow colour with good depth, a little lighter edged. The nose is softly full and densely packed, with very ripe exotic tropical fruits and florals along with honey, musk and raisins unveiling some talc botrytis. The fruit is initially restrained, but unfolds to show full expression and volume and immense presence with aeration. Very sweet to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is rich and luscious with an unctuous and rounded, deeply packed, opulent heart, with succulent, exotic flavours of tropical fruits and florals entwined with honey, musk and raisins. The mouthfeel is near-oily in texture with a fine, underling thread of acidity. The wine carries with great drive, carrying to a long, rich, deeply packed and unctuous finish of exotic florals and fruits, musk and honey. This is a sweet, opulent and unctuous, deeply packed late-harvest Gewurztraminer with exotic fruit and floral flavour, honey and musk. Match with spicy cuisine or with fruit desserts over the next 5-6+ years. A ‘vendange tardive’ late harvest style. Clones 457, 1106 and 1148 from the ‘G Block’, ‘Johnson’ vineyard, fruit from the oldest vines, picked over two tries, the last with raisined berries and noble rot bunches, given overnight skin contact and fermented in small oak to 11.5% alc. and 105 g/L RS. 19.0+/20 Jun 2017 RRP $32.00

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