The Grand Reserve Gewürztraminer is a wonderfully aromatic wine, expressing notes of rose petal, lychee and stone fruit. The palate is light and refreshing, showcasing fresh, lively melon and citrus flavours that linger on the finish.
Although the 2019 harvest season in Ontario was delayed due to somewhat damp and cool conditions, overall it was a decent season. We experienced an unusually late start to sparkling harvest this year, with the first fruit harvested in late September from the Claystone vineyard. While ripening took longer than is typical, the quality was exceptional. The balance of the sparkling fruit was picked by late October and certainly showcased terroir driven sparkling’s. There was a strategy at play as to when to pick the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at their peak before damper, late autumn conditions settled in. Having negotiated this, we expect some classic and elegant wines to follow. As anticipated, Bordeaux varieties hung longer to achieve optimum ripeness.
The fruit for this captivating Gewürztraminer comes from our prized Delaine vineyard. The terroir from this vineyard always yields fruit with exceptional varietal expression when harvested at the opportune time. The fruit was destemmed and left on skins for 18 hours prior to pressing and cold fermented at 13 degrees for 20 days.
This Gewurztraminer is lush with notes of Turkish Delight, orange blossom, stone fruit and elderflower aromatics. On the palate, lingering acidity balances perfectly with flavours of rich lemon curd, lychee fruit, rosewater and a crisp, layered finish.
Food Pairing Notes
Gewurztraminer is the perfect partner with Asian fusion dishes - ideal with Vindaloo curry with mango chutney, Malaysian coconut Laksa, ginger chili shrimp or Indonesian satay.