Probably the two best Gewürztraminers that have crossed my path this year have been the Spring Vale 2013 and the Topper’s Mountain 2012. This release from Cargo Road Wines in Orange is as good as either of them. Grapes are left for a period on skins in order to extract a musky perfume.
“I like wines to punch me in the face with the variety,” remarks winemaker James Sweetapple and there’s no doubt he has achieved that here. Rosewater leans into Turkish delight with strong tropical characters of lychee and pineapple. Jasmine and candied ginger complete the intoxicating array of aromas. It’s slippery in the mouth yet the acidity lays out the flavours well and there’s a slight chewiness on the spicy back-palate. You could smell it all day as it evolves in the glass and once you take a sip it beguiles with its textural qualities. If you are a lover of Gewürz then you’ll want to give this go. 94
Tasted: November 2013