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Delatite Dead Man's Hill Gewurztraminer

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This is widely considered to be one of the country’s finest Gewurtztraminers and each year we look forward to the release of this fine wine from the cooler parts of North-east Victoria. It’s intensely aromatic and is a great foil for spicy Asian dishes where chilli is involved. Prepare for a perfumed nose of musk, rose, and Turkish delight. The palate is cleverly textured showing floral and subtle spice flavours with nicely balanced acids.

Winemaker's Notes

Our Estate Gewürztraminer fruit was all hand-picked and whole bunch pressed to retain the distinct flavours that Gewürztraminer is famous for. The juice was fermented in tank and in large oak vessels, exclusively by wild yeast to increase the complexity and spiciness of the wine.

The 2014 'Deadman’s Hill' shows the classic Turkish delight and musk characters that Delatite’s Gewürztraminer is renowned for. The perfumed nose hints at a wine that may be sweet but the palate shows that this is a classic dry Gewürztraminer with a crisp and clean finish.

This wine is, as always, a perfect accompaniment to aromatic Thai food with its powerful aromatics being able to complement strong spicy dishes. Alluring in its youth but it will amply reward cellaring for more than ten years; developing honey and toasty characters with age.

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Delatite Dead Man's Hill Gewurztraminer

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Rob Geddes MW (2012 Vintage) says
In the ripe almost decadent varietal style with musk and lychee, banana tropical aromas.The palate is powerful, concentrated rich, full bodied with generous pineapple musk lychee fruit with a deep middle palate and a great finish layered with tropical, musk and lychee flavours that linger for 30 seconds after swallowing.
Rob Geddes MW
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Brilliant straw-green; for long regarded as one of the best Gewurztraminers in Australia, but this takes things a little further, with wild yeast fermentation and some oak maturation. Ginger, lychee, rose petal, spice and musk are all at home in the richly textured palate.
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Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Has distinct rose petal, talc, lychee and spice aromas; the palate is tighter and less exuberant, but is still unambiguously varietal Ñ the best for many years. Drink in its flowery youth.
Australian Wine Companion 2012
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Wild, perfumed and deeply expressive of its variety and rocky site, this supple and generous traminer has a heady floral perfume of lychees, musk and lavender backed by spicy scents of rose oil. Long and luscious, it's wild and meaty, with a long, brightly lit. crunchy and crystal-clear palate whose deep flavours and funky, faintly meaty wild yeast influences finish savoury, but with a faint residual sweetness. Treat it as a bone-dry wine, however.
The Australian Wine Annual
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
Back on form in 2010 made with restraint gives delicacy yet shows fragrant rose petal pear and lychee off-dry rich structure with lively acidity and lingering finish. The 2011 palate opens up beautifully and is very long aromatic and well balanced yet clean finishing.
Rob Geddes MW
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
A focused, lean and elegant traminer whose generous, open varietal flavours are tightly drawn together with a fresh mineral acidity. Its spicy fragrance of lychees, musk and rose oil precedes a fluffy, gentle and mouthfilling palate whose bright flavour extends in linear fashion, finishing long, persistent and just slightly sweet.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Back on form, with fragrant rose petal and lychee, off dry rich structure with lively acidity and lingering finish.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Distinct, if initially delicate; rose blossom and spice aromas swell on revisiting the bouquet; the palate is strongly structured, bordering on Alsatian in texture, with crunchy acidity to close.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Back on form with fragrant rose petal and lychee off-dry rich structure with lively acidity and lingering finish.
Rob Geddes MW
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Varietal character - spice, lychee and a little lime - is there, but partly obscured by the frame and weight of the wine. On the plus side, the finish is not phenolic.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A more adventurous style than usual under this label, with a smoky, slightly confectionary perfume of rose oil and lychees. Finely crafted and restrained, it brings a slightly meaty and rather savoury edge to its attractive varietal flavours. Long and smooth, it finishes with a trace of sweetness and a hint of spirity warmth.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A delicate wine albeit with clear varietal character with spice and rose petal flavours; no phenolics whatsoever, and good balance and length. One of a small handful of gewurztraminers made in Australia. Gold medal National Wine Show '06.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Gentle rose petal aromas; ample richness and varietal character; quite full in the mouth.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Moderately intense, pretty and powdery traminer with a musky perfume of rose oil, bathpowder and wet slate. Forward and concentrated, but then more delicately flavoured with musky lemon rind and lychee-like nuances, before drying out towards a tight, taut finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Spotlessly clean; subtle spice and lychee aromas, the light to medium-bodied palate crisp, delicate and balanced.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004

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