Vinoptima Reserve Ormond Gewürztraminer 2010
The 2010 Reserve lives up to the reputation Gewurztraminer has as being the world’s most distinctive white wines. ‘Delicatum’ has captured the vibrant exotic aromas of pamplemousse and honeysuckle which together with spicy aromas of cinnamon and Turkish Delight add an enticing complexity.
Vinoptima (Latin for "best wines") is a single variety, 10-hectare vineyard estate created by Nick Nobilo in Ormond, near Gisborne on the East Coast of New Zealand's North Island. Based on the French paradigm of terroir and combining the best of both old and new world winemaking practices the vision for Vinoptima is simply to produce world-class Gewurztraminer. Gewurztraminer is one of the very few white varietals that will age successfully over many years and become quite unctuous and oily and delicious to savor. It is always difficult to determine how long a particular wine will continue to improve however premium Gewurztraminer is often cellared for 10 to 15 years or more from vintage. This is a matter of personal taste.
A relatively cool flowering resulted in lower yields and smaller berries than normal. However, hot and dry days with cool nights prevailed throughout ripening in February and March, leading to clean, ripe fruit with enhanced flavors at time of harvest. The 2010 fermentation was conducted in both stainless steel tanks and German Oak Ovals. A cold, controlled, slow fermentation procedure was adopted to preserve the intense spicy flavor of the combined juice. At the end of May, fermentations were stopped at varying levels of residual sugars. These were all blended together, resulting in a very balanced wine with intense fruit spice characters and pronounced pink grapefruit and guava aroma.