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.

Awards/Accolades

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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