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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

City Girl's Wine Journal- Gewurtztraminer

Ahhh, Gewurztraminer. One of the most incredible of all the white wine grapes in the world. Definitely one of my favorites. It's pink skin hints at wonderful things to come. It's a very perfumey and aromatic wine. It's a lower acid wine, which I really love, and it's very fruity. Typically a German wine it translates literally to "spiced traminer". Traminer is a different varietal and Gewurztraminer is a mutation of that varietal.

A lot of people describe Gewurztraminer as rose-scented, with lychee notes and Turkish Delight (a popular candy in England). You will notice a lot of stonefruits such as mango, peach and apricot. It's rare to find this varietal outside of Europe but it's really gained a presence in South African vineyards.

This wine I have today is a Robertson Winery 2007 Gewurztraminer. I've had it in my collection all these years. Carefully stowed away in a wine fridge, it has been patiently waiting for me to open it, and explore the wine of South Africa. The Robertson Winery was established in 1941. Named after Dr. William Robertson, a Scottish minister who landed in 1822, the winery was named after him to honor his work. He founded a church on the property and many years later, in 1941, the winery acquired the church and converted it for winemaking and cellaring. Today the winery is led by 7th generation winemakers. Thirty five families cultivate the land today and take great pride in the wines produced there.

I found this wine to be very floral- lots of honeysuckle and rose aromas. Not overly sweet but a hint of honey lies in there. I drank mine with a piece of German apple cake and it was a fantastic accompaniment. It would pair beautifully with Swiss, Havarti, or other soft cheeses. For savory dishes, pair with an onion tart or almost any Asian dish. It also went PERFECT with that apple pecan cake !!

My impressions? I sincerely hope I can find this wine again. Of course, newer vintages will be different and I'm sure I won't have the patience to wait 7-8 years. If you guys find it, give it a try. I'm anxious to try the other varietals from Robertson Winery now!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 55: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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