Although it bears a German name, Gewurztraminer is a grape typical of Alsace. In terms of geography, the Pfalz is closer to Alsace than initial thinking. They both share the influence of one mountain range, known as the Haardt in Germany and the Vosges in France. The same range responsible for the specific climatic conditions suitable for ripening such grapes as Gewurztraminer.
Villa Wolf are owned by the Mosel wine producer Erni Loosen. He has invested a significant amount of resources and equipment. Erni is a constant mentor for this relatively new Italianate estate.
Gewurz in German means ‘Spice’. Spice in the traditional sense of exotic. It is a throwback term harking back to the days of the Spice Routes through the Far East. With that in mind, it is easy to see the connection as the wine shows lots of typical honeysuckle, rose petal and lychee character. Alongside is lots of fresh citrus, peach, apricot and honey notes backed up by taught acidity, fine body and texture.
This is a great value alternative to the Gewurztraminer of Alsace. Perfect with spicy food such as curry, peri-peri and jerked meats.
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