2020 Whitehaven Marlborough Gewürztraminer
Colour / Appearance: Mid-deep straw, with a gold hue.
Aroma / Bouquet: Lifted notes of Turkish delight and ginger, with subtle hints of orange blossom and rose petal.
Palate: Rich and full bodied, this medium dry wine displays fine varietal characteristics. Turkish delight and spice notes are predominate, with underlying notes of ripe citrus and lychee.
Cellaring: This wine is ready to be drunk now or within six years of the vintage date.
Serve: Lightly chilled.
Food Match: This wine is made to be enjoyed best with food. We recommend dishes with aromatic spices and flavours, such as Moroccan, Thai or Chinese dishes.
Residual Sugar: 15 g/L
Titratable Acidity: 4.6 g/L
Harvest Date: 21st March 2020.
Climate: 2020 was a classical growing season with plenty of sunshine, not too much heat through Summer and a return to cool nights preceding harvest, ensuring acidities and flavours remained bright and vibrant. This was all built on good rainfall pre Christmas, which set the vines up with healthy working canopies that held through to the end of harvest. The weather over harvest was settled and dry, allowing fruit to be harvested in lovely conditions.
Winemaking: The fruit was hand-picked from an estate owned, single vineyard that borders the winery site. The fruit was then destemmed /crushed, and the resulting must was left for 24 hours before pressing off. We then cold settled the juice for 24 hours, before racking the clear juice to a stainless steel tank and starting fermentation with a selected aromatic yeast strain. Following fermentation, the wine was left on its yeast lees for 4 months before bottling on the 23rd September.
- 'A very pure, charming expression of gewürztraminer with classic white rose, lychee, potpourri and Turkish Delight flavours. Made in a medium-dry style, with a good balance between subtle acidity and subliminal sweetness.' 93/100 Points, Bob Campbell, NZ
- "I may as well be siting outside the gates at Whitehaven as summer approaches, stalking them basically, because my infatuation for their gewürztraminer is so ridiculous. I can’t even remember if there was ever a time that I was less than wowed by any vintage they’ve released. They manage to cram truckloads of Turkish delight, caramelised, roast peach, ginger, apple crumble spices and buckets of freshness into every sip and the 2020 is no exception. Succulent, refreshing and an absolute joy to drink. Yum!" 5 Stars, Yvonne Lorkin, NZ
- 'No mistaking the aromas of lavender and roses, exotic fruits, apple and talc. On the palate - youthful, tense, spicy, crisp, exotic, very fruity and just dry. A coarse-silk texture with medium+ acidity, reminders of the floral and spice attributes lead to a balance, fresh and delicious finish. Best drinking from today and through 2023+. Consider this wine with pate or creamy fettuccini dishes with salmon.' 91/100 Points, Cameron Doulas, NZ
- "A wonderful rendition of the variety; the gorgeously perfumed bouquet shows mango, pineapple, lychee and rich floral aromas, followed by a concentrated palate displaying silky mouthfeel and fleshy texture. It's opulent yet balanced and harmonious with a lengthy satisfying finish. At its best: now to 2025." 94/100 Points, Sam Kim, NZ