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Heightened aromatics of rose petals, musk, ginger, and incense embellish fruit notes of fig, citrus, lychee, and gooseberry. Skin contact and naturally low acidity give a silken texture. Fermentation on juice solids with indigenous yeast and in ceramic eggs, and old oak builds complexity without distracting from varietal purity and exoticness.
Orange, duck and mint rice paper rolls with hoisin dipping sauce or a salad of tofu, aubergine and beluga lentils with chemoula.
Now and over the next 10 years.
Location: Forest Grove
Soils: Forest Grove deep lateritic gravel loams over clay
Aspect: north westerly
Viticulture: Flowstone owned and operated
Harvest: 28th February 2022
The deep, dusty rose gold colouration of the berries is a sure sign that the Gewürztraminer is ready to harvest, as exotic rose petals and spice aromas pervade the vineyard. After the hand harvest, the whole bunches are gently pressed to extract juice for fermentation in 400 litre ceramic eggs and 600 litre demi muid oak. Some intact bunches are added to the egg ferments to infuse wild berry-skin notes into the developing wine. The wine remains in the same vessels for ten months, with occasional stirring to suspend yeast lees, build texture, and freshen the maturing wine.
The wine was minimally fined, filtered and bottled by hand, under screwcap in late December 2022.
Alcohol: 13.5 % vol Standard Drinks: 8.0 pH:3.54 Acidity: 5.6 g/ L Residual Sugar: 0.23g/ L