Blackenbrook

Gewürztraminer 2022

Produced in the Alsace region for hundreds of years, Gewurztraminer wines are vibrant and intensely aromatic.

Perfect as an aperitif with a melt-in-your-mouth Camembert, dried figs and Nelson walnuts or with your favourite Indian curry - just beautiful!   
 

$23.00 NZD

Tasting Notes

A compellingly perfumed Gewürztraminer with notes of rose petal, Turkish delight and star anise; soft and seductive, but not sweet.

Read Winemaker’s Notes
Ripe bunches of Gewurztraminer grapes at harvest time. The grapes are pink and glow in the warm sun light.  Around the grapes there are green leaves and in the background there is the next row of vines with bird netting draped over the top and blue sky.
Owner Daniel Schwarzenbach and son Thomas are working on the yellow net application machine.  The weather is brilliant and in the background you can see the vibrant green vineyard.

Reviews

4½ Stars Michael Cooper, michaelcooperwines.com

A consistently attractive wine. Estate-grown and hand-harvested, the 2022 vintage was mostly handled in tanks, but 5% of the blend was matured in old oak barrels.

Perfumed and mouthfilling, it is clearly varietal, with strong, vibrant, peachy, distinctly spicy flavours, slightly gingery notes, fresh acidity and a basically dry finish.

4 Stars Yvonne Lorkin, yvonnelorkin.com

From Nelson’s famous Moutere clay soils comes the new vintage of one of my favourite gewürz producers. 2022 was a tricky vintage, but the Blackenbrooks have done an excellent job of creating a clean, spice-driven, exotically-textured wine.

Rose petals, soft peachy tones, good acidity, hints of ginger and persimmon and a fresh, grin-inducing finish.

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.

The season

It started off like a dream: a warm spring, mild conditions for flowering and a strong fruit set, lots of blue skies and just enough rainfall to keep the vineyard happy and working at its best.

But 70mm of rain followed by two weeks of warm, humid weather in February had us worried about our crop. The weather recovered, but the grapes were now fragile and wouldn’t survive another big rain event.

And where would we find pickers? Covid 19 was raging and the borders closed. But the community support was absolutely amazing with lots of people offering their help. We ended up bringing in a beautiful harvest with the best picking team ever – such a relief!