2016 Topper’s Mountain Barrel Ferment Gewurztraminer


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Gewurztraminer (pronounced gevurts-tramina) has its origins in the northeast of France being a mutation of an ancient variety called Savagnin. Gewurztraminer´s bunches have almost purple berries when ripe but the wine is almost always white. There is hardly a more aromatic variety than Gewurztraminer which boasts strong aromas of rose petals, lychee, very ripe citruses, raisins or sweet spice. The wine usually has a bigger body, higher alcohol content, slightly oily texture, lower acidity and is often made with considerable levels of residual sugar.   

Tasting Notes

The intensity and richness of this barrel fermented Gewurztraminer is almost endless. Layers and layers of aromas and flavours roll like an avalanche. Lychee, roses, rose water, ripe peaches, cream, Turkish delight and cloves on the nose; and the palate? lychee again, grapefruit, canned mandarins, more Turkish delight, vanilla and toast. While this wine is rich and heavy it is still fresh thanks to our high altitude and cool climate which helps all our grapes to retain a remarkable acidity. Hedonistic wine.

Optimal serving temperature: 10 – 12 °C

Food pairing: all kind of spicy Asian meals especially green curry.


Region: New England

Variety: Gewurztraminer

Vintage: 2016

Alcohol content: 13.9 %

RS: 1.3 g/l

TA:  5.4 g/l

pH: 3.6

Bottle size: 750 ml

Cellaring potential: up to 2026.

Production: 1324 bottles produced. 

Expert Reviews

94 points – Nick Butler, The Real Review, Dec 2019

Pale, still youthful yellow colour. Classic Gewürz aromatics of Turkish Delight, rosewater and musk. Oak treatment adds further complexity – edges are softened and acidity subdued. It’s a terrific drink and will reward another decade in the bottle.

92 points – Toni Paterson, The Real Review, Feb 2019

Alluring clotted cream and toffee aromatics. The palate is generous, round and textural with mid-palate softness and mild warmth on the close. Highly varietally expressive. A wine of interest, depth and complexity. 

91 points – James Halliday Wine Companion,
Aug 2018 


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