Spring Vale Gewurztraminer 2013 (East Coast, Tasmania)
13.6%, Screwcap, $28
But not this Spring Vale.
As vigneron Dave Cush (who has just announced he has left the day-to-day running of the vineyard) explains in this video, the secret to this complex and intense little wine is all about treating it carefully. Whole bunch pressing, plenty of solids, 6 weeks in old oaks, multiple parcel picks – the whole kitchen sink.
The key to the drinkability here is that the dry palate is not too phenolic, not sweet, not too oily… just Goldilocks style perfect. It’s mid-weight, spicy, intense, rich, crisp wine that that wins on freshness without sacrificing weight or intensity.
Score: 18.5/20, 94/100
Would I buy it? Absolutely