This is a variety which was planted at Stonecroft soon after the first vineyard was established in 1982. With this Gewürztraminer we are aiming for a medium dry wine which is lighter in style and food friendly.
Colour: Pale gold.
Aromatics: Tropical fruit notes dominate the bouquet with lychee, passionfruit and pineapple, plus hints of rose.
Palate: On the palate the wine has a lovely texture and mouthfeel, with luscious tropical fruit flavours. The wine will benefit from bottle age. The wine is a single vineyard wine, with fruit from our Roy’s Hill Vineyard. Medium Dry. Suitable for vegans.
Region: Gimblett Gravels Wine Growing District®, Hawke’s Bay.
Vineyard: Roy’s Hill.
Harvest: Hand harvested 18th March 2020.
Vinification: Crushed and de-stemmed with short period of skin contact, then fermented in stainless steel followed by 4 months lees ageing.
Bottled: 15th October 2020
Analysis: Alc 14 vol. 11g/l residual sugar.
Fining: Fined with pea protein.
Cellaring Potential: 4-6 years.
94 points. Exotic, immediately enticing and curious with aromas of tropical fruits and apples, white spices and flowers, white nectarine and pear, roses and suggestions of frangipani. On the palate - just dry with some initial sweetness captured in a silky and satin-cream texture - slowly gives way to fleshy white tree fruits and exotic tropical fruits, a warming alcohol and medium acidity bring contrast and complexity. Lengthy finish, great balance and length. Drink now and through 2024+. Serve cool.
Certified organic, the distinctive 2020 vintage (5*) was estate-grown in the Roys Hill Vineyard, hand-picked, tank-fermented and lees-aged for four months. Light lemon/green, it is richly perfumed and mouthfilling, with strong, ripe pear, lychee and spice flavours, and a long, off-dry (11 grams/litre of residual sugar) finish. (Note: the Old Vine Gewürztraminer was not made in 2020). Drink now or cellar.
93 points. Delicately aromatic gewürztraminer with classic Turkish Delight, potpourri and rose-water flavours. Made in an off-dry style, the wine has lovely purity and an ethereal texture. Good value at this price