Family Reserve Gewürztraminer 2019

Discover this gem of a wine that artfully blends rose petals and fruit perfumes with ginger and musky spices. It’s a sophisticated and balanced wine – and also entirely approachable - that comes from only the best fruit we picked in 2019. Take the leap and dive in, you’ll be so glad you did.

The black Family Reserve label indicates an exceptional vintage.


$32.00 NZD

Tasting Notes

Medium-dry in style, our Family Reserve Gewürztraminer 2019 abounds with delightful aromas of ripe pear and candied ginger, drawing you into a generous palate with an impressive texture and length.

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A young Gewurztraminer shoot bursting from a bud on a wooden cane in spring.  The leaves are bright orange and pinkish.  Behind the young shoot there is the galvanised fruiting wire and green grass.
A bottle of Family Reserve Gewurztraminer 2019 displayed on a pebbly beach in the soft evening light.  In the background you can see the sea and the evening colours of the sky.


5 Stars (95/100) Bob Campbell MW,

Medium/dry Gewürztraminer with vanilla, white rose petal, potpourri and a suggestion of lychee supported by gentle acidity. Strongly varietal wine that is deliciously drinkable now but no rush. Good purity and an ethereal texture.

4½ Stars Michael Cooper,

A softly mouthfilling wine, estate-grown and hand-picked. Bright, light lemon/green, it is weighty and fleshy, with strong, vibrant pear, lychee and spice flavours, gentle sweetness and a touch of tannin. Best drinking mid-2022+.

Certified vegan

To make this wine, we haven't used classic fining agents such as fish, milk, or egg extracts and only minimal additives.

This means our Gewürztraminer is very natural and vegan friendly. In fact, it is certified by the New Zealand Vegetarian Society.

Owner and Marketing Manager Ursula Schwarzenbach standing in front of a pallet of Blackenbrook wine cartons.  She is smiling, wearing a bright red top and beautiful necklace.

The season

The weather gods were on our side, giving us an exceptional growing season.

With ample spring rain the vineyard was off to a strong start and quickly grew a vibrant green canopy, the powerhouse producing the energy for the new crop.

Grapevines are wind-pollinators and the dry and sunny December was perfect for a good, even fruit set.

From January right into harvest a heat wave and drought gripped Nelson Tasman. Luckily our un-irrigated vines have deep roots and managed to find sufficient water deep down in the gravelly clay soils. They thrived in the challenging conditions and gave us a beautiful crop with outstanding colour and flavours. Harvest kicked off on 8 March, the earliest we’ve seen it at Blackenbrook’s ever.