2018 Gewürztraminer Estate | Beamsville Bench | Estate Grown

$ 18.95 • 750 ml • 12 bt/cs • Dry
About This Wine
This wine originates from our Cave Spring Vineyard, nestled on a hillside of the Niagara Escarpment overlooking Lake Ontario, known as the Beamsville Bench. Along these gentle slopes, limestone-clay soil, elevation and moderating onshore breezes combine to produce a dry, richly extracted Gewürztraminer with notes of exotic fruit and spice typical of this variety.
2018 was a warm vintage with normal precipitation and low yields. Gewürztraminer ripened early and to a very high level, delivering a highly concentrated wine with long-term ageing potential.
Varieties100% Gewürztraminer
Estate Grown 100%
AppellationBeamsville Bench
SiteCave Spring Vineyard
Elevation125–155 m (425–510 ft)
Slope/Exposure3–6% / NNW
Stony clay till composed primarily of limestone and dolostone mixed with sandstone, shale and traces of granite and gneiss; soils overlie moraine and sandstone/shale bedrock; depth ranges from 4 to 8 m
Harvest Data
Harvest Date Oct. 5
Sugar 22.3º Brix
Titratable Acidity 6.0 g/L
pH 3.52
Yield 2.0 mt/ac
Skin contact for 16 hours prior to pressing; slow, cool-temperature fermentation in stainless steel over a 4 week period using selected yeast; 4 months on the fine lees prior to bottling
Bottling Data
Bottling Date Mar 2019
Alc./Vol 13.0%
Residual Sugar 8.0 g/L
Titratable Acidity 6.6 g/L
pH 3.53
Production 155 cs
Sensory Profile
Colour Deep straw. Nose Intensely aromatic with scents of ginger, lychee and rosewater over top notes of orange blossom and comb honey. Palate Full bodied and dry in style; rich and generous on the attack followed by a luscious mid-palate showing animated spice and ripe, highly extracted flavours of marmalade and papaya; the finish is long and expansive, brimming with orange peel, clove and ginger and balanced by a delicate but cleansing thread of acidity.
Best consumed 2020 through 2024, with potential to develop and hold until at least 2026.
Food Pairings
Onion tarts, spicy Dal, shellfish curry, ginger chicken or tofu, grilled pork with fruit salsa; baked ham; choucroutte garnis
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