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2010 Whitehaven Gewürztraminer


TROPHY Supreme Champion Wine in Show - International Aromatic Wine Competition 2011
TROPHY Champion Gewürztraminer - International Aromatic Wine Competition 2011
Gold Medal - International Aromatic Wine Competition 2011
Gold Medal - New Zealand International Wine Show 2011

Tasting Note

Colour / Appearance:Pale gold.
Aroma / Bouquet:An intensely perfumed nose, bursting with Turkish delight, fresh lychees and rose petal aromas that are quintessential of the variety.
Palate:Full bodied with a rich, luscious texture that coats the palate with the variety’s distinct and heady flavours. The residual sugar adds to the wine’s oily, textural qualities.
Cellaring:The wine is in good balance and can be enjoyed immediately. With careful cellaring our Gewürztraminer will gain varietal and honeyed bottle-age complexity over the coming years.
Food Match:We recommend dishes with aromatic spices and flavours such as Eastern dishes, pacific fusion food, rich foie gras, or as an aperitif.
Serve:Lightly chilled.

Wine Analysis

Residual Sugar:17.5g/L
Titratable Acidity:4.1g/L


Harvest Date:8th April 2010
Locality:Grown in the Moonrock vineyard of Paul Brown at Spring Creek, on free-draining stony, silty loam soil, this wine is made from 100% Gewürztraminer grapes.
Climate:The early ripening season was cooler than average, resulting in a late flowering. Warm dry conditions over budburst and later in the season lead to balanced yields, clean fruit and excellent flavours. Substantial leaf plucking was done around the fruit zone to increase exposure to the sun and enhance flavour accumulation.


Winemaking:The fruit was hand-picked, destemmed and held with the skins in the press for 24 hours. The free run and light pressings were separated and cold settled. Most of the juice was fermented on light solids at low temperature with an aromatic yeast strain. The ferments were stopped with some residual sugar to aid texture and mouth feel.
Winemaker:Sam Smail

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