2011 Kaimira Estate Brightwater Gewurztraminer CELLAR GEM SPECIAL

Winemaking Notes

Fruit for this Gewurztraminer was sourced entirely from the vineyard adjacent to the winery. It is 95% Gewurztraminer with the added complexity of 5% Muscat. We harvested both varieties by hand at 25.9° Brix on  14 April 2011.

The grapes were whole-bunch pressed slowly and the juice settled and racked. Fermentation was in a stainless steel tank at low temperatures to retain aromatics. The ferment was chilled to stop yeast activity when the residual sugar approached 30 grams/litre for a medium sweet style.

The wine was bottled in November 2011.

 Wine analysis

Residual sugar 24/l  Titratable acidity 4.5 g/l  pH 3.7  Alcohol 14.5%

Tasting notes

A richly perfumed, medium sweet Gewurztraminer with a weighty (14.5 % alcohol), succulent texture; intense, ripe stone fruit and floral flavours, and an undertone of ginger spice.


Silver Medal, Royal Easter Wine Show, 2013

“Lovely rich and luscious Gewurztraminer with impressive intensity. Ripe stone fruit, floral and tropical fruit flavours with a seasoning of spice. Made in a medium style with a good balance of acidity and tannins that prevent any suggestion of cloying.”  93/100 , Bob Campbell, Master of Wine. www.BobsWineReviews.com

“The 2011 vintage (4 stars) was estate-grown and made in a distinctly medium style (24 grams/litre of residual sugar). Exotically perfumed, it is a full-bodied (14.5 per cent alcohol), Alsace-style wine, oily-textured, with good concentration of fresh, peachy, strongly spicy flavours. ” Michael Cooper, Buyers’ Guide to New Zealand Wines, 2012


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