Trail Estate 2016 Gewürztraminer (Oak-Aged)
HANDS DOWN, our top recommended wine for asian food pairing. This goes with everything and anything – almost 😉
Gewurztraminer, meaning ‘spiced or perfumed traminer’ is a wine grape variety grown in cooler wine growing areas of the world. Often referred to simply as Gewurtz, the grapes have a pink to red skin colour which produce a white wine with a high natural sugar content. The style of wine made is usually off dry which emphasizes the flavour of exotic fruits. Usually found in Alsace in France, as well as in Germany, Australia, New Zealand and the U.S. The advantage of any vine grown at altitude is the long slow ripening period which concentrates the sugars without losing much of the valuable acidity. This prolonged ripening process is what gives varieties like Gewurtz their uniqueness.
Like Riesling, Gewurztraminer is a challenging grape variety to grow. It buds early in the spring, so is vulnerable to frost damage, which in turn causes a reduction in yields (though desirable for quality), but can make the wines more expensive. Harvesting at precisely the right time is vital to capture the fresh acidity as well as the luscious flavours. Get this wrong and the typical Gewurtz character of a flamboyant bouquet of lychees, passion fruit and roses will be lost.
Hygiene during winemaking will ensure that some carbon dioxide bubbles from the fermentation may be captured giving the the wine a slight ‘spritz’ or fizz. This is highly desirable as it gives the wine an attractive, delicate, citrus freshness, which complements the spicy food flavours.
In Alsace, the traditional home of Gewurztraminer, rich foods such as roast goose or chicken liver pâté all make the perfect accompaniment to this aromatic wine. However, the perfect match lies Indian, Chinese and Thai cuisine! Spices found in these eastern foods are beautifully balanced by the aromatics and low acidity in this wine, while the underlying sweetness of the fruit softens any heat. So, the next time you’re planing to have curry or thai food, pour out a glass of Gewurtz and see for yourself. You will be surprised by the balance and interaction of flavours.
This bottle of wild-ferment Gewürztraminer from Trail Estate is a gorgeous pale golden straw colour. On the nose, this bottle presents delicate notes of wild blossoms, lychee and kiwi. This wine is light and dry, yet richly textured on the palate from aging in neutral oak — Enjoy as the perfect aperitif.
Hand harvested from the Lakeview Vineyard on September 20, 2016. The wine was crafted to express the delicacy of fruit from the Lakeview vineyard. Extra care was taken so as not to over extract the often rich aromatics of Gewürztraminer. The grapes were pressed whole cluster and aged in neutral oak barrels. Bottled in September of 2017.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
– 90pts. Michael Godel
Few winemakers in Ontario are as curious, aloof and serious
about making gewürztraminer like this: a gewürz that finishes dry and so delicate for a customer’s palate,
with lots of lemon and lime but never searing, perfect for cold smoked or tataki prepared salmon. Bitter
pith note but it dissipates, as does the acidity so keep in mind this is floral and fine. Drink 2018-2021.