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Vinoptima Gewürztraminer 2004

August 20, 2007

img_3704.jpgAfter 40 years of groundbreaking work in the industry Nick Nobilo hasn’t slowed down. In contrary, his mission to create his own masterpiece has only yet begun by the start of his Vinoptima project in 2000. With passion, flair and catching enthousiasm Nick grows, crafts and promotes what is one of the world’s best Gewürztraminers. The choice for this slightly unfashionable variety needs a lot of courage and determination, characteristics of great winemakers who aim to enrich our experiences by producing something extraordinary out of the square. Since the first release of the 2003 vintage this wine has been compared with the ones from Zind Humbrecht and Josmeyer Hengst, although Nick himself says he’s not out to achieve an Alsatian Gewürztraminer but one on the same parallel from Ormond in Gisborne on New Zealand’s North Island. His dedication has materialized into 8 hectares of Gewürztraminer only and a custom-built winery. Add to this 20 years of clonal selection, fastidious vineyard management and impeccable winemaking and I can’t think of anything else a human-being can possibly do to make a perfect wine. And this is precisely where nature plays its part and takes over to produce wines that reflect terroir and vintage, the latter being the best on record in 2004. The resulting wine teases your senses straight away with an exotic and rich nose of rose petal, lychee, ginger, citrus and spice, all with balanced elegance rather than being over-exuberant. The same applies to the palate where an unctious, oily texture is matched by great purity and limpidity of flavour and crisp mineral acidity. This wine is far from the ones that are simple, plump and overly sweet, it fascinates and provokes by its complexity instead, slowly unveiled after half an hour in the glass. As a wine that can easily be laid down for 10 years this is an absolute must-have for any serious cellar or collector. 95 points.

Source: Negociants Australia  Price: $54  Drink: Now-2015

Web: www.vinoptima.co.nz

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