Wine drinkers aren’t exactly running to the shelves snapping up the latest Gewürztraminer releases. I have given up trying to figure out why other than noting it has characteristics and likes to make a statement. It simply may frighten off those so comfortable with Ontario Riesling and Chardonnay. So if you don’t appreciate a heavier on the taste and body wine so be it. But at least give it a try or two and figure out why you don’t connect with it. Or discover that you like it.
I remember having a glass of Cave Spring Gewürztraminer on their patio restaurant on a sunny fall day and was glad I made the choice as it suited a cheese plate and some herbed fries to the tee. Or was it the beautiful fall day that accompanied it so well?
So I saw it in the June 18th Vintages release and wanted to verify its goodness.
The wine has a dark gold colour so dark it strikes me as a late harvest Gewurtz. Peach, apricot, mango and Romanian honey on the nose. On the palate this may qualify for a full-bodied monster. Its flavours are not on its sleeve for sure instead buried deep in the wine. There is apricot, Greaves’s peach jam, mango nectar and a hot and spicy lingering finish. A spicy curry would wrap its loving arms around this beauty. A wine that walks down the street with swagger but get to know its soul it has a quiet and fierce determination to win you over.
(Cave Spring Estate Gewürztraminer 2019, VQA Beamsville Bench, Cave Spring Vineyard, Jordan, Ontario, $19.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 302059, 750 mL, 14.5%, RKS Wine Rating 91/100).