Many will say Alsace vints the best Gewurztraminer. A few years ago I may have agreed with that statement until I tried Gewurztraminer from Mayhem Wines and Meyer Family Vineyards in British Columbia’s Okanagan. The trouble is that the British Columbia wines are small batch hence reach a small audience.
Pierre Sparr is a big Gewurtz negociant in Alsace producing some solid examples. We try their 2020 Grand Réserve. A very classic nose of mango, peach, apricot and pineapple upside down cake. Good Gewurtz is perhaps one of the easiest wines to identify. On the palate yet more peach and apricot with caramel and mango. Smooth and creamy with just the right amount of acidity. I think of vegetarian or shrimp curry as a food match.
What more can I say more intellectually than yummy and a white wine with a delightful personality.
(Pierre Sparr Grand Réserve 2020 Gewurztraminer, Maison Pierre Sparr, Blenheim, France, $20.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 747600, 14%, 750 mL, RKS Wine Rating 93/100).