Pale straw in colour with green-gold hues. Intense and lifted aromas of rose petal, frangipani, lychee, musk, passionfruit husk and anise are wild and evocative. A full-flavoured, textural palate of tropical guava and lychee with hints of jasmine and lemon grass is balanced by talc-like acidity and a long, pure finish.
A sure indicator of great gewurztraminer, the glass empties quickly. This variety often gets short shrift, it's not fashionable. A shame because this is gorgeous. Delicately flavoured with Turkish delight, lychees, cinnamon and lots of refreshing lemony notes. Tight, zesty palate with a touch of sweetness adding to its texture. 95 points.
Vintage 2019 provided generally good growing conditions for the Adelaide Hills, with three notable events: the coldest September on record, the wettest November since 2005 and a mini heat wave on the cusp of January/February that the Adelaide Hills rode out extremely well due to good canopy cover. A rapid progression in berry maturation was kickstarted by the Harvest Moon falling right on the spring Equinox, with all varieties ripening at the same time. Hand-harvesting was done in three weeks, bookended by the early sparkling and late red varieties. Yields were down by 20-50 due to ‘hen and chicken’ (berries of different sizes) from the cold, wet period during flowering, however quality was exceedingly good in both white and red varieties as a result of better ripening conditions.
“Very light, bright yellow hue, with a very clean, fresh, clinical aroma of fresh green apple and spiced applecake. There are intense spicy aromatics through the palate, which speak clearly of muscat grapes, perhaps gewurztraminer. The end-palate is very hearty and firm, with a lot of grip, which counteracts a tickle of sweetness in the middle. The finish is very long and it possesses real power. It’s a very good wine.”