Taylors Estate Gewurtztraminer 2008 (Clare Valley, SA)
$18, Screwcap, 13.5%
When I first started ‘falling’ for wine nigh on a decade ago, it was Clare Gewurtz that tickled my fancy – numerous Knappstein Gewurtzes followed me home after work, delighting with their obvious richness and delectable florals. More recently, the odd Alsatian Gewurtz has particularly impressed, with several Kiwi and Taswegian versions also showing strongly. Gewurtz, however, is still a fringe dweller and rarely, in my opinion, ‘works’ outside truly cool climate regions. This is a case in point….
A very light yellow/green colour the nose smells fat – ripe tinned apricots, musk and old school Cologne with a slightly tinny edge. The palate is really quite neutral, sour and bland, with little of the ripe fruit carrying through onto the palate, finishing with seriously blunt acidity. Carrying none of the phenolic grip, spice or interest that this grape can show, I find it hard to get excited about this style of Gewurtz… Another middling Clare 08 white.. 15.6