2013 Select Late Harvest Gewurztraminer
In order to capture the essence of Gewürztraminer, the vines were managed to provide maximum varietal character. All bunches were exposed to sunlight at fruit set with leaf removal on the East sides of the canopy to encourage fruit ripening. Green harvest – the removal of under-ripe bunches – was performed at the first sign of véraison (when Gewürztraminer berries turn from green to pink) and we left a meager 1.15t/acre to promote ripening. Clusters turned pink uniformly, clear evidence of promising aromatics.
After a few freeze/thaw cycles, the grapes were handpicked on a bitterly cold day in November and gently whole bunch pressed after 24 hours of skin contact. The juice was cold settled and then racked off its heavy lees and the wine was fermented slowly at cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks. Fermentation was stopped at the desired sugar/acid balance. After blending, it was aged in neutral oak barrels to increase mouth feel.
Intense aromas of honeyed lychee, this Select Late Harvest Gewurztraminer is rich, unctuous and full on the palate. Bright, lively fruit balances an ample palate of sweet white peach, candied mandarin and apricot kernel. Enjoy with ripe cheeses, or on its own as dessert!