2009 Whitehaven Gewürztraminer
Silver Medal - Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2011
Silver Medal - Royal Easter Show 2010
Colour / Appearance:Pale gold. Aroma / Bouquet:Heady aromas of rose petal, lychee and grapefruit, with underlying cinnamon and ginger spice. Palate:Full bodied with a rich, oily texture and coasts the palate with intense varietal flavours. The residual sugar adds to this unique textural quality of Gewurztraminer. Cellaring:This wine is in good balance for drinking now. With carefully cellaring will gain varietal and honeyed bottle-age complexity. Food Match:To be enjoyed with food, we recommend dishes with aromatic spices and flavours, such as Chinese, Thai or Indian cuisine. Serve:Lightly chilled.
Alcohol:14%Residual Sugar:9 g/L Titratable Acidity:5.3 g/L pH:3.51
Harvest Date:10th April 2009 Locality:Grown by Paul Brown in his Moonrock vineyard at Spring Creek on free-draining, stony, silty loam soils. Trained to 2-3 canes on a standard trellis system. Climate:The ripening season was characterised by a dry Christmas period and then wet February. This was then followed by a perfect late ripening period with clear, warm days and cool nights.
Winemaking:The fruit was hand-picked, destemmed and held with the skins in the press for 6 hours. The free run and light pressings were separated and cold settled. Most of the juice was fermented on light solids at low temperature with an aromatic yeast strain. The heavy pressings were fined, lightly settled and wild fermented in old oak barrels. The ferments were stopped with some residual sugar to aid texture and mouth feel Winemaker:Sam Smail