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Te Whare Ra Marlborough Gewurztraminer

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Te Whare Ra Marlborough Gewurztraminer

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Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
This was once an arrestingly powerful, hedonistic wine that crammed more flavour into the glass than most other Gewurztraminers from the region. Some of the wines I have tasted in recent years have been less exciting, but the 2009 vintage is impressive. Very full-bodied (14.5 per cent alcohol), it's in the Alsace mould, with beautifully ripe peachy, citrusy, spicy flavours, finely textured and showing greater complexity than most. A wine of real power and presence, it's delicious now, but should also mature gracefully.
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Michael Cooper (2005 Vintage) says
Arrestingly powerful and rich, this hedonistic wine (in the past labelled as Duke of Marlborough) at its best crams more sheer flavour into the glass than most other Gewurztraminers from the region - or anywhere else. In a vertical tasting of the 1997 to 2004 (and several much older) vintages, held in early 2005, the 2002 and 1999 were stunning. Made from 25-year-old vines at Renwick, the 2004 vintage is more restrained than some past releases, but built to last. Harvested at 24.3 brix and stop-fermented in a medium-dry style (13 grams/litre of residual sugar), it possesses very good depth of delicate pear, lychees and spice flavours, very fresh and vibrant, with a seductively soft texture. The 2005 is similar - pale, perfumed and softly mouthfilling, with gently sweet pear, spice and lychee flavours showing excellent delicacy and purity, and good but not great intensity.
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Michael Cooper (2004 Vintage) says
Arrestingly powerful and rich, this hedonistic wine (in the past labelled as Duke of Marlborough) at its best crams more sheer flavour into the glass than most other Gewurztraminers from the region - or anywhere else. In a vertical tasting of the 1997 to 2004 (and several much older) vintages, held in early 2005, the 2002 and 1999 were stunning. Made from 25-year-old vines at Renwick, the 2004 vintage is more restrained than some past releases, but built to last. Harvested at 24.3 brix and stop-fermented in a medium-dry style (13 grams/litre of residual sugar), it possesses very good depth of delicate pear, lychees and spice flavours, very fresh and vibrant, with a seductively soft texture. The 2005 is similar - pale, perfumed and softly mouthfilling, with gently sweet pear, spice and lychee flavours showing excellent delicacy and purity, and good but not great intensity.
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