En Famille Reserve Gewürztraminer 2016

This wine is a dedicated Estate Gewürztraminer that we have bottled from the JoieFarm vineyard located on the Naramata Bench. It is a low-yielding vineyard that has been farmed sustainably with meticulous viticultural timing and canopy work to achieve mouthwatering natural balance and intense aromatics in this notoriously difficult variety to balance. Exotically flavoured, unctuous Alsatian Grand Cru Gewürztraminers are the stylistic inspiration for this wine.

 

Varietal: 100% Gewurztraminer

Awards & Reviews:  92 points, Rick Vansickle; 91 points, John Schreiner; 90 points, Tony Aspler; 90 points, John Szabo Wine Align 

  • JoieFarm Estate Vineyard, Naramata Bench (clones 643 & 47)
  • The grapes for this wine were hand-picked by several generations of our family, as well as the families of our staff members in the Joie tradition of this wine. They often come across the country for the annual event. The clusters were de-stemmed and the grapes were gently crushed and soaked in the press for six hours, with rigorous tasting to determine exactly the right moment to gently press them off. The must was fermented at a higher temperature (24°C) in the Alsatian manner, to achieve the extraction of the rose petal and lychee aroma compounds that Gewürztraminer can express. The fermentation was halted at 10 g/L of residual sugar naturally with cold temperatures and was racked off fermentation lees. The wine was stored on its fine lees in stainless steel for ten months to increase its natural mouthfeel and augment the unctuous effect we intended. We bottle-aged the wine for twelve months before release.
  • Alluring aromas of lychee and spicy fresh rose petals carry through to intense and exotic flavours of orange blossom water, kumquat, and quince. A wonderful natural acidity cleans up the unctuous texture for an unexpectedly fresh finish. Enjoy as an apéritif with Alsatian tart flambé, choucroute, rich patés and sausages, roasted root vegetables and rich aromatic Asian curries.