Gewurztraminer 2014 Hawke's Bay

Vineyard:Craft Farm
Location:Havelock North
Owners:Antony and Fiona Mackenzie Partnership
Viticulturist:Ant Mackenzie
Varietal:Gewurztraminer (5% Muscat petit grains and Pinot gris)
Clonal selections:Dry River field selection (own roots), ENTAVE-INRA(r)47, 456, 457, 1106 and GM12.
Area:0.5 Hectare; 2.5 m rows x 1.5 m spacing; 2 single cane cordons.
Soil:Heretaunga Plains Soil Classification: 3 and 6, Sand and Sandy Loam.
Quantity:1200 bottles
Acidity:4.86 g/L
Sugar:17.0 g/L
Alcohol:14.5 %


All grapes were harvested on one day and whole bunch pressed to tank for settling. After 48 hours the clear juice was racked to barrel and tank for fermentation. The wine was aged on its full lees, without sulphur, for nine months. Prior to bottling the components were blended together, filtered and then bottled without fining or stabilisation.

Tasting Notes

Complex notes of candied citrus peel, old fashioned rose and baking spice. The palate delivers a full range of flavours including ripe stone fruit and toasted brioche. This is a full bodied wine with warmth and generosity from both alcohol and residual sugar coupled with a very soft acidity.

Expect this wine to develop toasty and spice notes under its natural cork closure.

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