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Gewurztraminer - Manigold Vineyard

Gewurztraminer - Manigold Vineyard Wine Details
Price: $50.00 per bottle

Description: This Gewurztraminer was harvested from a two acre vineyard on Old Mission Peninsula, Michigan, USA. We crushed 4.5 tons and let the skins soak for 24-36 hours. The juice was fermented between 15-20 C. We left the wine in contact with the lies for 13 weeks. Because the wine was stabilized only to 7 C some tartrates may form. We chose to do this because the pH would have risen too high had we gone cooler. The tartrates are preferable to accelerated aging. The wine has intense Gewurz aromas, a rich mouth-filling palate, and a spicy finish that will intrigue any Gewurztraminer fan.

Varietal Definition
Parent grape of the popular Gewurztraminer clone. Still grown in France and in California but almost everywhere has been replaced by its much more intense and spicy offspring clone.
Cultivated for over a thousand years, this white-wine grape (sometimes referred to simply as Traminer) is thought to have originated in the village of Tramin (or Temeno) in Italy’s Alto Adige region. Gewürztraminer grapes are planted in Alsace, a French region between Germany and France that specializes in excellent dry Gerwürztraminer wines. They’re also cultivated in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Rumania, Czechoslovakia, and Ukraine. Because they perform better in cooler climates, Gewürztraminer grapes have not done well in many of California’s warmer growing regions. However, they thrive in cooler California areas such as Carneros, Anderson Valley, and Monterey County, as well as in parts of Oregon and Washington. The German word ‘gewürz’ means ‘spiced,’ and these wines are known for their crisp, spicy attributes. They’re highly fragrant, with flavor characteristics of litchis, roses, and spices such as cloves and nutmeg. Gewürztraminer wines are available in varying degrees of sweetness -- dry, medium-sweet, and late harvest. Because of the grape’s pinkish (sometimes yellow) pigment, Gewürztraminer wines are some of the more deeply colored of the whites, many have gold or peach tones. The distinctive color and aroma of these wines make them easily recognizable by those familiar with this varietal wine.
Earliest grape planted in 17th century in what is now the state of California. Thought to have arrived in the America's by Spanish conquistadores importation. Known to be identical with the Pais grape widely grown in Chile and thought to originate from the Monica grape of Spain and Sardinia.


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