Hans Herzog Gewurztraminer 2020
$59.90 inc. GST
“The tiny vintage of pure and ripe grapes was gently destemmed with half not crushed and given a few days of temperate controlled skin maceration. Instead of pressing, I let the berries progress to a natural wild fermentation for a couple of weeks in an open fermenter until no residual sugar was left. After it’s cool fermentation the intriguing and intricate wine evolved for 9 months on its fine lees and has not been exposed to cold stabilization, fining or filtration to retain the exciting aromas this method developed. No racking took place and the wine was bottled directly from the barrel, leaving an uplifting, slight effervescence which naturally occurred during the wild fermentation. Natural sediments may show and are testimony of this high-quality wine. Perfect in taste, naturally.” – Hans Herzog
Tasting Notes: If only producers like Hans, who are obsessive about fruit quality would do so, as any mould or other defects are amplified by the skin contact… In a world full of blandness and uniformity, they are less the emperor’s new clothes, more the adventurer’s new playground. The first impression of this deep golden wine is, despite the long wild fermentation, the variety’s typical ethereal scent of lychees and rose petals with a purity rarely seen in a natural wine. Seductive floral characteristics lift above a wonderful texture. The richness on the palate and complexity of aromas cumulate in great balance, complexity and elegance with a long and stimulating finish. Astounding for a Gewurz with no residual sugar.
Alcohol Volume: 13.5%
Region: Marlborough, New Zealand