St. David’s Bench Vineyard | VQA — St David’s Bench
Gewürztraminer translates to “the spicy grape” and our “Gew” is definitely spicy, but it also has an exotic bouquet of tropical fruits and lychee. It’s smooth and rich with a distinctive and complex finish. There is just a touch of residual sugar, not to add sweetness but to round the mouthfeel.
Vineyard Manager's Notes
Our Gewürztraminer is grown on the West side of the Château on a 1 hectare (2.5 acre) parcel. You can easily spot these vines in the late summer and fall because they have a distinctive rosy coloured skin, not the typical greenish skin found on white wine grapes. We planted these vines in 1996 and we feel they are just now hitting their peak producing fantastic hand-harvested grapes that are making very interesting wine.
Bosc Family Food Pairings
Gew is not necessarily the first wine you reach for when pairing with food but this wine is remarkably versatile. Yes, there are exotic flavours that you can try to match but we think it’s the tremendous mouth feel that makes it a real food partner. Try it with beef stir fry over a bed of hearty buckwheat soba noodles.
||Brix at Harvest
“Orange marmalade, exotic spice and notions of rosewater aromas abound on the perfumed nose of this spice-laden, generously textured beauty. It coats the palate with heavenly scented nectarine and pear decorated with ginger snap, honeyed notes and tangy lime and pineapple flavours. This is medium weight with a dry, mouth-watering finish and aftertaste.” 91 points. --Vic Harridine, winecurrent.com, August 2018.
“It’s an aromatic wine with notes of pear, grapefruit, ginger, lychee and baked brown sugar. It’s quite rich and unctuous on the palate and shows a range of exotic fruits, layered spices,
lovely texture and balancing acidity. Very nice.” 91 points. --Rick Vansickle, winesinniagara.com, August 2018.
“…concentrated fruit, off-dry on the mid-palate, spicy with a tad of bitter on the
finish, great with Asiatic foods. Or wonderful as a sipper by the deck/patio/pool.”
90 points. --Dean Tudor, Gothic Epicures, September, 2018.