Stonecroft has always been known for this variety and our Old Vine has a loyal following. With the Old Vine Gewürztraminer we aim for a rich style of Gewürztraminer with some sweetness (medium dry this vintage) and we look to get at least a small amount of botrytis (noble rot) in the grapes. The wine is made with fruit from vines planted in 1992.
Colour: Medium gold.
Aromatics: An opulent bouquet with lychee and hints of jasmine and rose.
Palate: This wine is a rich style of Gewürztraminer with tropical fruit flavours, Turkish delight and honey. It has a weighty mouth feel and a luscious texture with a long finish. Further complexity will develop with cellaring. Medium dry. Suitable for vegans.
Region: Gimblett Gravels Wine Growing District®, Hawke’s Bay.
Vineyard: Roy’s Hill
Harvest: Hand harvested.
Vinification: Crushed and de-stemmed with short period of skin contact, then fermented in stainless steel followed by 4 months lees ageing.
Bottled: 8th October 2019.
Analysis: Alc 15% vol. 9g/l residual sugar.
Production: 30 cases.
Cellaring Potential: 6-8 years.
95 points. A very limited edition gewürztraminer (just 30 cases) produced from old vines that have given pronounced varietal identity with concentrated floral, rose petal, potpourri aromas and a silken, sumptuous texture. Very impressive. Well-balanced despite a high alcohol (15%) 24/2/2020
The Gewürztraminers from this tiny Hawke’s Bay winery are among the finest in the country. This ‘Old Vine’ wine is made entirely from grapes hand-picked from the original Mere Road plantings of 1983. Certified organic, the 2019 vintage (5*) is rare – only 30 cases were produced. Straw hued, with a hint of gold, it has an enveloping, highly perfumed, spicy bouquet. A powerful wine (15 per cent alc/vol), it is youthful, with highly concentrated, peachy, spicy flavours, a hint of apricot and a slightly sweet (9 grams/litre residual sugar), lasting finish. Best drinking 2022+. This wine is a Potential Classic.
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