Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Thornhaven Estates Gewürztraminer 2006

Who made it: Thornhaven Estates http://www.thornhaven.com/
What varietal(s): Gewürztraminer
Where: Okanagan Valley (Summerland)
Why drink it: It’s really good.

Extra, extra: $17-19, 13.1% (VQA, available in wine shops)
Serve slightly chilled.

Are you anti-white wine? Give this a try; you just might be surprised at how flavourful it is.

I love German varietals and Gewürztraminer is one of my favourite aromatic white wines. It’s the floral and fruity spiciness that draws me in and the intense flavours that aren’t typical in many whites. I always tell my I-drink-reds-only friends to give wines like Gewürztraminer and Riesling a try. They’re usually looking for an intensity of flavour, so they avoid whites after trying a few bland ones. A good aromatic white can usually get them to open up to new possibilities.

Thornhaven makes some great, award-winning wines and I’m consistently happy with their Gewürtz. I found the 2006 to be really enjoyable and refreshing. It’s also reasonably priced. With many of the Okanagan wines over $25 (and getting pricier every year), it’s nice to find one under $20.

This is a pale lemony gold wine with intense aromas of citrus, spice, grapefruit and lychee, honey and pear. I know, there’s a lot going on here! Like I said, it’s intensely aromatic. It has delicious flavours of lychee and spice. I didn’t find it as citrusy tasting as it smells, but lemon citrus is still there, along with a floral and slightly nutty taste. It’s an experience for your nose and mouth that lingers. Enjoy!

Gewürtz pairs well with rich, spicy foods, such as Asian or Mexican dishes. Since a typical Gewürztraminer is intensely aromatic and flavourful, it’s really enjoyable sipped alone. The sweeter the wine (i.e. typically German brands), the spicier the food it can handle.


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