Lawson's Dry Hills Gewürztraminer 2010
The grapes for this wine are sourced from our Home block around the Lawson's Dry Hills winery and from the nearby Woodward vineyard. The 2010 season was ideal, producing small intensely flavoured grapes. Wonderfully lifted aromas of musk, lemon blossom, rose and tropical fruits are complimented by a rich round palate with great intensity and fine balance. Our Gewürztraminer ages well and this wine will continue to develop increased complexity over the next five years and beyond.
This wine is unmistakeably Gewürztraminer with lychee, musk and rose petal being the predominate aromas, along with citrus and stonfruit characters. The palate is rich, round and full, it also has great concentration displaying a magical balance between the acid, sweetness, alcohol and phenolic structure.
Winemaker: Marcus Wright / Rebecca Wiffen.
Producer: Lawson's Dry Hills Wines Ltd
Winemaker Notes: After harvesting the fruit was pressed with minimal skin contact. The resulting free run juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks with specially selected aromatic yeasts. The pressings from each parcel of grapes were fermented in older French oak barriques(15% of the total blend). Post fermentation the wines were allowed to sit on yeast lees for six months before blending.
Viticulture Notes: At the foot of Marlborough's dry Wither Hills adjacent to our winery, the Lawson's and Woodward vineyards consistently produce intensely flavoured Gewürztraminer grapes. The vines were carefully shoot thinned and leaf plucked before a green harvest and finally under went a colour thinning. Only this level of care and attention produces fruit of such high quality. The 2010 vintage was quite magical, with perfect weather allowing us to pick the grapes at the optimal time and in prefect condition.
Alcohol: 14 %
Residual Sugar: 9.6
Total Acidity: 4.5
Brix: 23.9 - 24.6 °
Cellaring: Fantastic whilst young, this wine will reward patient cellaring for up to ten years.
Food Match: Spicy Asian influenced dishes, rich paté or cheese.