2017 Forest Hill Vineyard Gewurztraminer
$ 26 / bottle
Bright straw. Aromas of honeysuckle and rose petals. Fresh lychee and ginger on the palate that leads to fresh citrus and mineral notes. The dry grown nature of the Forest Hill Gewurztraminer and the low yields help built natural texture on the finish.
DOWNLOAD TASTING NOTE
The grapes were harvested early in the morning. They were left to macerate on skins for 8 hours before gentle pressing. The pressed juice was cold settled and then transferred to a stainless steel tank and a small component to older French oak (10%). Fermentation was carried out at cool temperatures to retain natural aromatics.
Forest Hill Vineyard Block 4. Planted 1978.
GROWING AREA & SOILS
Forest Hill, Mount Barker in the Great Southern. Gravel, loams over clay.
Dry Grown, Minimal inputs. Row orientation is North-South
21st March 2017
pH: 3.27, TA: 6.05 g/L, Alcohol: 13%
The 2017 growing season in Mount Barker was long and cool, beginning very wet and late. More than 800mm rainfall fell over 2016, well above the yearly average. This initial wet period was broken by a dry period in early Summer, however with moderate temperatures. Good fruit set for most varieties although veraison was late. Periods of light rain in February and March were refreshing especially with the cool temperatures, leading to bright natural acidity.
91 Points – James Halliday