2018 Sumac Ridge Private Reserve Gewurztraminer
Lychee, apricot, and cantaloupe on the nose mixed with rose, ginger, and allspice. The spiciness carries through on the palate with some honey, apricot, and ginger with a pleasant finish.
Bud break came very early this year as the beginning of the spring season was very hot and dry. May through early July brought on heavy rainfall and cooler temperatures which led to concerns about early berry development. The remainder of the summer was warm with cooler temperatures at night which allowed the fruit to develop balanced and bright flavours, which made for ideal whites. The reds benefited from an earlier than usual growing season, allowing them more time to reach their potential, particularly with our late-ripening varietals. The cool autumn allowed them to hang even longer, which led to a more elegant, balanced structure.
The 2016 vintage was an excellent year for Gewurztraminer as the cooler early summer days and cooler late summer nights allowed the fruit to develop a complexity and structure rarely seen. The fruit was harvested mid-September and was fermented and stored in stainless steel tanks.
Food Pairing Notes
The residual sweetness and spiciness of this wine calls for something more exotic. Try it with Szechuan peppered duck breast, chicken Chettinad, or Doro Wat. For cheese, it pairs excellently with goat cheese topped with honey, dried fruits and almonds.