Bottega Vinai, Gewurztraminer, DOC Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy, 2014
The gewurztraminer variety originates from the village of Tramin, in the Adige valley, with about 500ha (2011) plantings. Wine styles vary from dry to sweet.
This wine: plantings at 300-400m altitude, varietal gewurztraminer, Diam 5 agglomerate cork closure, 13.5% abv, Ann et Vin, £10.50 (05/16)
Consumer tasting note: a fine nose of lychee and rose turkish delight, a little spicy; full-bodied, quite warming, with a palate of lychee and apricot, slighty honeyed. A medium-long length. Decant for 30 minutes.
The nose and palate become increasingly tropical over days 2-3 (air pumped out and refrigerated), with ripe pineapple and a touch of mango appearing.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas as they come, of lychee, wild rose (not as strong as tea rose), touches of warm grapefruit flesh, slight spiciness, after some time a touch of anise.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium (+) alcohol, full body, a velvety texture, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of lychee and apricot, hint of honey. A medium (+) length with a clean delicate finish of ripe apricot edged with rose.
Quality: good, acidity just about sufficient, alcohol a touch high for the whole, so the acid-alcohol balance is a bit stretched – but these are attributes, along with the aroma/flavour profile, of what is plainly a gewurztraminer; youthful with simple complexity, modest intensity and concentration, follows into the medium-long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to ageing – balance is a bit off, with simple complexity and a little better than modest length.