"Wild" Gewürztraminer 2017
A challenging year but with a miniscule yield (300g/vine) we picked succulent healthy grapes with small berries bursting with flavours.
There are many winemaking philosophies and with anything artistic, it is often in the eye of the beholder… One of the more controversial approaches is for natural wine which comes in very different cloaks. A wine that gives me pleasure to drink is pure and fresh, reflecting and respecting its clean fruit. Clean fruit is achieved through hard, handson work in the vineyard not ‘laissez-faire’ (neglecting the vines) and ride and hide mediocre fruit and winemaking faults behind the fashionable natural wine wave. With this in mind we introduce our wild kid which evolved not only from a natural wild fermentation which is standard for most of our wines. Instead, the tiny vintage of pure, healthy and ripe grapes inspired me to use the whole clusters and let them ferment wild for a few weeks in a closed small stainless vessel to extract the Gewurztraminers typical magnificent flavours. Gentle, non-mechanical handling means unopened berries begin fermentation within themselves to provide a bright and lifted fresh fruit component accented with seductive floral characteristics. The result is a delicious, intriguing and intricate wine that delivers abundant fruit for early enjoyment but possesses enough tannins to ensure longevity. The fruit floats across the palate with a core of deep concentration and unfolds in veils of complexity. The gently pressed wine evolved for 9 months of its fine lees and has not been exposed to cold stabilization, fining or filtration to retain the exciting aromas this method developed. Natural sediments may show and are testimony of this high quality wine. Perfect in taste, naturally.
The first impression of this opaque golden wine is despite the long wild whole bunch fermentation it reflects the variety’s typical ethereal scent of lychees and rose petals with a purity rarely seen in a natural wine. Richness on the palate, complexity and refreshing tannins with a long and stimulating finish are astounding for a Gewurz' with no residual sugar.