Gewurztraminer Traminer Marlborough New Zealand
Waipara Hills made a name as Marlborough's best Gewurztraminer after romping home with the trophy for best entry at Liquorland International. Waipara Hill's low cropping Traminer vineyard produces fruit with intense aromas of rose petal, lychee and turkish delight. Stunningly fragrant and lusciously flavoured, completely unwooded, vivacious and fresh, medium bodied with a soft well rounded palate, exhibiting a rich oily texture, only slightly sweet but intense. An extremely limited production of only a few hundred cases makes every edition collectible.
Waipara Hills can source grapes from an inventory of splendid South Island properties. The focus is to exploit the terroir of each by growing varieties best suited to the terrain. All vines are managed by small and highly motivated core teams of personnel, each of sufficient scale to provide maximum economies. Planted predominantly to Riesling, the Mound Vineyard in Waipara Valley holds very tiny blocks of prized Gewurtraminer. Grapes are crushed and left on skins for three hours before pressing. Juices are cold settled for seven days, followed by a clean racking and cool tank vinification. Ferments are stopped at a rich yet crisp balance and kept cold on lees for several months before racking and warming. Alcohol 14.5%
Pale yellow with hints of green. Spicy, lifted honeysuckle, pear drop and musk aromas. Rich and inviting, flavours of melon, spice and honey flow through the palate. Showing the richness and aromatic lift for which Waipara Mound Vineyard is renowned, vibrant and luscious yet textural, culminating with a crisp, balanced finish.