- Screwcap (Stelvin-Lux)
McLaren Vale red specialist Samuel's Gorge just added a pair of northern Tasmanian whites to their range in the way of a 2009 Riesling and 2008 Gewurztraminer. Winemaker Justin McNamee's first wines are encouraging to say the least, causing me to anticipate his future releases with eager joy.
The 2008 Tamar Gewurztraminer unleashes a strong, definitive whiff of lychee overlying pleasing aromas of lime zest and rose petal. Its clean, youthful palate presents beautifully controlled, slightly juicy flavours of white pear, apple and lychee juice. With a valid yet restrained touch of traminer oiliness, it finishes fine, focused and dry, revealing nuances of mineral, apple peel and gentle spice.
ü+ This is seriously addictive stuff. It's a truly Tasmanian young traminer with superb restraint, clarity and precision, from a maker that's bound to raise a few eyebrows (and smiles!) Watch this space. Drink to 2014.