One-off Gewűrz from Buitenverwachting

Thursday, 5 February, 2004
Jos Baker
By Jos Baker

New from Buitenverwachting is a dry, deliciously aromatic Gewürztraminer from 20-year-old vines normally used for blending.

The wine is presented in an elegant, imported hock bottle distinguished by a gold label signifying a one-off, limited release, and reserved for vintages that winemaker Hermann Kirschbaum believes deserve a single bottling rather than disappearing into a blend. Only 2000 bottles are available.

Undergoing malo and seven months’ maturation in barrel, the full, rounded wine has an alcohol level of 13,24%.

With a heady rose petal and lime bouquet, which develops smoothly into hints of passion fruit, lychee and spices on the palate, it is ideal with Thai, Cape Malay and Cajun food. The price ex-farm is R45 a bottle.