Mt Difficulty Pisa Range, Station Block, Gewurztraminer 2016
This Gewurztraminer is picked late to maximise the varietal’s inherent aromatic intensity – Lychee and spice characters predominate. The palate has supple tropical fruits with a hint of sweetness and rich oily texture. This all combined with low acidity delivers a broad spice driven finish.
Mt Difficulty Station Block Gewurztraminer will improve for 3 – 5 years given optimal cellaring conditions.
Our winter was dry so we came into the season with low soil moisture, October was significantly warmer than average leading to early bud burst, November carried this warm dry start on and whilst we had a small amount of rainfall leading into December it too was largely drier than normal. This led to an early and successful flowering. January was unseasonably changeable, whilst we had some rain it was the wind and changeability that really influenced growing conditions, delaying the onset of veraison. February cracked on with some super warm and mostly dry conditions outside of one large rainfall event late in the month. March was again unseasonably changeable and overcast with small rain events occurring through the month. Finally, the sun returned in April, along with more settled, warm weather. The variability and overcast days delayed the onset of picking. The vintage was very compact; with everything being harvested over a 24 day period.
Station Block Gewurztraminer is crafted to highlight the lovely aromatics and textural richness that Gewurztraminer is capable of. We hang the fruit out for an extended period to achieve optimum aromatic expression. The fruit arrived in perfect condition at the winery on the 28th April. The fruit was destemmed and soaked overnight prior to pressing to help enhance aromtic expression. The wine was fermented cool in stainless steel to retain maximum varietal expression. The fermentation was stopped at ~30g/L by chilling, the wine was filtered but not fined.
Alc. 14% T/A 4.8gL-1 pH 3.93 Residual Sugar 32gL-1
Accolades & Awards
Bob Campbell Review 95/100, 5 Stars
“Delicately luscious gewürztraminer in a moderately sweet style that would be delicious when served well-chilled as an aperitif." (Dec 2017)
- Judges Selection
Six Nations Wine Challenge 2018
17 October 2018