En Famille Reserve Gewürztraminer 2018

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: 

  • JoieFarm Estate Vineyard, Naramata Bench (clones 643 & 47)
  • The grapes for this wine were hand-picked and the clusters were de-stemmed. The grapes were gently crushed and soaked in the press for three hours. The must was fermented at a higher temperature (20°C) in the Alsatian manner, to achieve the extraction of the rose petal and lychee aroma compounds that Gewürztraminer can express as well as achieve higher glycerol level contributing to a fuller mouthfeel. The fermentation was halted at 6 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 barrels 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.