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 10th March 2021.
Vinification: Crushed and de-stemmed with short period of skin contact, then fermented in stainless steel followed by 4 months lees ageing.
Bottled: 18th October 2021.
Analysis: Alc 14.5% vol.
Cellaring Potential: 6-8 years.
The Gewürztraminers from this tiny Hawke's Bay winery are among the best in the country. This 'Old Vine' wine is made entirely from grapes hand-picked from the original Mere Road plantings of 1983, and matured on its yeast lees for four months, with no use of oak. Certified organic, the very classy 2021 vintage (5*) is already delicious. Pale lemon in hue, it is richly perfumed, sturdy and well-rounded, in a powerful, off-dry style with concentrated, ripe peach, lychee and spice flavours, a slightly oily texture, and lovely delicacy and length.
93 points. Concentrated, creamy gewürztraminer with classic Turkish Delight, rose petal, lychee and potpourri flavours. A little heat and hardness from the high alcohol (14.5%). A beautifully restrained wine with a lingering finish. 16/3/2022