“The Cadenza” – Late Harvest Gewürztraminer 2019

$32.00

“Medium sweet in style, this dessert wine has intriguing aromas of baked apricot and apple with hints of ginger and cinnamon. It has a complex palate of honey, nuts and spices.” Olly Masters (Winemaker)

95/100 Bob Campbell MW “Absolutely delicious late harvest gewürztraminer with honey, Turkish Delight, lychee and potpourri flavours..” Ranked No. 1 – 2019 Gewürztraminer in New Zealand

The Cadenza is an ornamental musical passage usually performed by a soloist at the end of an aria or piece of music. Often improvised but always elaborate, this final flourish is meant to impress!

2019 Vintage

“Medium sweet in style, this dessert wine has intriguing aromas of baked apricot and apple with hints of ginger and cinnamon. It has a complex palate of honey, nuts and spices.” Olly Masters (Winemaker)

Vintage Notes

The 2019 season was a typical Central Otago season in terms of heat with Growing Degree Days (GDDs) at 1149, but what was unusual was the high rainfall and a lack of the north-west spring winds. The heavier spring rains encouraged vigorous canopy development requiring vigilance to ensure short interval spray programs were maintained to prevent any disease. Conditions for flowering and fruit set were ideal for Misha’s Vineyard with a mild autumn with perfect weather to enable ripening. However it was a mixed season across the region with many vineyards impacted by early and late frosts. This was a year to be thankful for our steep slopes and a frost-drained vineyard site. For this late-harvest wine, we manage our fruit on a Scott-Henry trellis and cut the canes on the vine to help concentrate the fruit and flavours and let the bunches hang for an extended time. The fruit was then carefully hand-picked at 4.3 tonnes per hectare.

Food Match

This late-harvest style of Gewürztraminer is a perfect match to fruit-based desserts especially those with apricots, peaches, pears or lychees. It’s also a great match with strongly-flavoured soft cheeses. For savoury matches, try foie gras or any mild curries featuring ginger, cinnamon or lychee flavours.

Details

Region Central Otago, New Zealand Vineyard Estate-grown, single vineyard
Sub-region Bendigo Variety/ Clones 456
Planting 2005, Altitude: 288 – 313m Harvested 6 June 2019
Harvest Analysis Brix: 30.2 / pH: 4.13 / TA: 3.8 g/l Bottled 6 August 2019 (Stelvin closure)
Wine Analysis Alc: 9.5% / pH: 3.49 / TA: 5.6 g/l Cellaring 1 – 5+ years
Residual Sugar 120 g/l Style Medium-sweet

Winemaking

The late harvest fruit (~16% botrytis infected) was hand-picked into bins which were gently foot stomped and left to soak overnight to maximise flavour and sugar extraction from the desiccated fruit. Pressing occurred the next day. The juice was settled clear and inoculated and then 100% cool tank fermented (~15-17⁰C) with commercial yeast in order to retain varietal freshness. The ferment was then halted by chilling at what was determined to be the optimum residual sugar level (120g/l).