Bot­tle Stop

Tony Love

The Advertiser - SA Weekend - - COVER STORY -

If the suc­cess of sauvignon blanc is any­thing to go by, we drink a fair bit with our noses.

The aro­matic spec­trum of the white grape that’s been a more wide­spread cul­tural and life­style am­bas­sador for New Zealand than The Lord of the Rings or the All Blacks is as loud as their Haka.

A smack in the nose of ex­u­ber­ant pas­sion­fruits and tomato leaf is what makes it in­stantly recog­nis­able to novice wine drinkers who have made it such a hit. To more so­phis­ti­cated snozzes and palates, that same dom­i­nat­ing smell can be a huge turn-off. Same same but dif­fer­ent.

Let’s skip to an­other grape that’s even more no­tice­able in the smelling game. Gewurz­traminer.

Many ex­perts call it the most dis­tinc­tive of all va­ri­eties. It’s well doc­u­mented ar­ray of ex­otic aro­mas in­cludes rose, musk, ly­chee, laven­der as sim­i­lar char­ac­ters to other va­ri­eties like pas­sion­fruit, goose­berry, limes and trop­i­cal fruit salad.

In the mouth it can ex­cite with a crisp, fruit tang, but it can also feel a lit­tle more vis­cous and oily, depend­ing if it has been har­vested ear­lier or later in its ripen­ing regime, and also depend­ing on its re­gional cli­matic im­pact.

In Europe it excels in France’s Al­sace area and in parts of Ger­many, while here it shows up in cooler ar­eas like the Ade­laide Hills or Coon­awarra, with patches in other places like the Eden Val­ley.

From the lat­ter, a new re­lease high­lights the va­ri­ety’s joy­ful per­fume.

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