Gewürztraminer

Best known as perhaps the distinctive grape of Alsace, where Gewürztraminer can be bone dry or lusciously sweet in late harvest styles.

Origins       

  • Tyrol, Italy (slightly confusingly)

Characteristics   

  • Medium to full intensity of colour
  • Spicy backbone
  • Full bodied
  • Very floral / perfumed - lychees and roses
  • High sugar levels and therefore high alcohol levels (13 degrees plus)     

Vinification      

  • Often picked with levels of sugar but fermented dry - so can smell sweet but taste dry - the exception being Vendange Tardives and Selections de Grains Nobles in Alsace

Homeland

  • Alsace

Also to be found in   

  • North East Italy, Austria, Slovenia and Spain (in small quantities)
  • New Zealand, especially Marlborough; Oregon; and Chile (promising results there)
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