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
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- JoieFarm Estate Vineyard, Naramata Bench (clones 643 & 47)
- The grapes for this wine were hand-picked and the clusters de-stemmed. The grapes were then gently crushed and soaked in the press for three hours. As is typical in Alsace, the must was fermented at a higher temperature (23°C) to achieve the extraction of those rose petal and lychee aroma compounds that Gewürztraminer is best known for. This also achieves higher glycerol levels which contribute to a full, unctuous mouthfeel. The fermentation was naturally halted at 16 g/L of residual sugar using cold temperatures and then racked off fermentation lees. The wine was stored on its fine lees in stainless steel for ten months to increase its natural mouthfeel and lend a natural freshness to the wine. We bottle-aged the wine for 24 months before release.
- Alluring aromas of lychee and fresh rose petals carry through to intense, spicy and exotic flavours of orange blossom water, kumquat and quince. A wonderful natural acidity cleans up after the unctuous texture and makes for an unexpectedly fresh finish. Enjoy as an off-dry aperitif or with traditional pairings such as Alsatian tart flambée, choucroute and rich pâtés or sausages. For a more modern West Coast and international context, it is a great pairing with roasted root vegetables, spicy Asian and Indian cuisine, or the perfumed coriander, almond and rose blossom flavours of Persian and Middle Eastern dishes.