Some wine lovers prefer to drink only the tried and true aromatics with sauvignon blanc and chardonnay weighing in as the most popular choices.
Thanks largely to a new generation of winemakers, we are becoming a lot more adventurous, consuming a wider range of white varietals produced by some of our enterprising wineries. If it’s adventure that you’re after, you can take your pick from riesling, pinot gris, viognier, arneis, verdelho, chenin blanc, albarino, semillon, gruner veltliner and gewürztraminer.
Whilst pinot gris is strongly represented in this group, gewürztraminer is arguably the most aromatic and exotic of all. It’s a relatively uncomplicated dry crisp wine that’s clean and fresh on the palate. Packed with ripe, fruity flavours, it’s easy drinking and the perfect food match especially with Asian or spicy cuisine.
Sadly for wine enthusiasts, gewürztraminer is passed up by many of our wineries and finding one, let alone finding the right, one may not be in everyone’s grasp. Even pronouncing the name can be difficult.
Here is a selection across a price point that you might like to try:
Villa Maria ’13 Single Vineyard Ihumatoa Gewürztraminer RRP $30
Another award-winning wine from Villa Maria. Rich and concentrated with an array of aromatics embraced with a delicate acidity and a spiciness that will please.
Matawhero ’16 Gewürztraminer RRP $23
Clean and rich on the palate with intense flavours combined with a soft, spicy sweetness and a lingering finish that will not disappoint.
Linden Estate ’15 Gewürztraminer RRP $25
This rich and spicy wine is soft on the palate displaying style and balance characterised with lots of up-front fruit and a freshness that leaps out of the glass.
Words: Dennis Knill