2014 Millton Riverpoint Gewürztraminer
Delicate yet lifted, balance plus harmony this wine has had nothing added to it to disguise its authenticity.
Riverpoint is a special little appellation in the heart of the Gisborne wine growing district, down the cul-de-sac of Riverpoint Road, home of several famous wineries, and close enough to the ocean to offer a whiff of cooling sea air on those intoxicating hot summers’ afternoons.
“Don’t stand on the shoulders of giants!” my learned seniors say and it was in this area that my old friend Denis Irwin, founder of Matawhero Wines produced those iconic gewürztraminer wines in the late 1970’s. So I stayed out of his space until his tenure ceased. Then, with secateurs in hand, I scoured the country finding the remnants of the old original “GT” clonal material leading to successfully re-introducing these relics back to Riverpoint Road.
Of other note this is the place where Annie’s grandfather used to ‘over-winter’ the draft horses, from their daily plod on the family farm of “Opou”. It is as well right on the spot where the famed Te Kooti camped having returned from exile on the Chatham Islands, before the Matawhero massacre. All good spicy stuff really, I would have thought.
Skin contact for extended time allows an extraction of phenols and flavours which provide a layer of subtle characters in the mouth. Delicate yet lifted, balance plus harmony this wine has had nothing added to it to disguise its authenticity. Lifted complexity and fragrance notes, straw gold hues radiate luminosity, energy and light. Unfined.
Drink anytime before 2018, maybe later.
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