2005
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750ml
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2004 Vinoptima Ormond Gewurztraminer 375ml

2004 Vinoptima Ormond Gewurztraminer

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Varietal: Gewurztraminer
With it’s distinctive floral and tropical fruit aromas reminiscient of lychee and it’s pink colored skin, Gewurztraminer is, both as a grape in the vineyard and wine in the glass, one of the most recognizable varieties. It’s name is derived from it’s parent Traminer and ‘Gerurz’ the Germany for spice, although this refers to its pungent and perfumed aromatic quality rather than anything inherently spicy. The grape’s pink skins add a depth of color and combine with its high alcohol (typircally around 14% due to its ability to accumulate sugar) to produce wine with lots of body and flavor. The grape is most common in the French and Germany regions of Alsace and Pfalz, but it also becoming more popular in cool climate New World sites in New Zealand and Washington State.

Country: New Zealand
Although vines have been planted in New Zealand for nearly 200 years dating back to 1819, it has only been relatively recently, since the 1970s, that wine production has taken off on a commercial level. The industry has grown at a phenomenal rate with exports increasing six fold in the first decade of the 21st century, and has now surpassed more traditional agricultural exports such as wool. With a combined length roughly that of California's, most of the vineyards on the two islands experience a cool maritime climate. There is a clear climatic distinction between the two. The north island is slightly colder and damper, experiencing a similar climate to Bordeaux, while the southern island is slightly warmer and drier. Many growers are diversifying their planting with other varieties, notably Pinot Gris and Riesling, however Sauvignon Blanc, the grape New Zealand established its reputation with, increased in plantings nearly 4 fold between 2005 and 2010. The red wine industry is heavily reliant upon its number one red wine grape, Pinot Noir, which in some areas such as Central Otago accounts for 78% of total plantings, as of 2009.

Region: Gisborne
A small wine region to the north of Hawkes Bay. Noted for its Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer. It is also the world's most easterly vine producing region.

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Type: White
White wine is a wine whose color can be pale-yellow, yellow-green, and yellow-gold colored. The wine is produced from a variety of grape varieties. The flavor and color comes from the juice of the grape and sometimes the skin of the grape as well. Interestingly, not all white wine comes from white grapes. Some select red grapes are used as in Champagne.