Glover Family Vineyards, Zephyr, Gewurztraminer, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2012
The aroma/flavour profile of this variety may include grapefruit, pineapple, lychee, apricot, honey, rose, clove, smoke and others; most usually lychee, rose and clove.
Marlborough is at the north-east end of New Zealand’s South Island. The climate is Mediterranean, with quite modest rainfall as it is in the shadow of major spinal mountain ranges to the west; soils are glacial and free draining, over gravel; higher up more stony/gravelly, and lower down, as gravity dictates, finer particulates with sands and finally clays. Varieties in order of importance: sauvignon banc, pinot noir, chardonnay, and aromatic varieties of pinot gris, riesling, gewürztraminer and viognier; gruner veltliner is at the embryonic stage.
This wine – screw cap closure, 14% abv, DBM Wines, £13
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of pronounced intensity, youthful, with rich slightly high-toned aromas of tea rose, lychee, a bit spicy with low-key fresh-cut ginger root (the producers talk of musk – but it is just not there).
Palate: an off-dry wine, medium acidity, a slight gummy grip, high alcohol and a full body, with a smooth oily texture, a medium (+) intensity, and flavours of tea rose and over-ripe lychee and low-key notes of clove and aniseed balls. A long length with a clean rose-infused lightly grippy finish.
Quality: a good quality wine, alcohol a little dominant, otherwise acidity is just about in balance with that and the intensity of flavour, verging on flabby; good flavour concentration following through on the finish; a modest yet interesting flavour palette, with clove and aniseed notes. Ready to drink, this wine will keep for a year but not improve with further cellaring.