Brennan Gewurztraminer 2007
The 2007 Gewürztraminer is a delicate yet textural example of this fickle variety. Floral aromas of lime blossom and rose water are followed by ripe pear and tropical fruit notes on the palate. A small amount of residual sugar is well balanced against a crisp acid backbone. The wine finishes with refined minerality and hints of jasmine.
A half hectare of Gewürztraminer occupies a small, stony corner on the steeper slopes of the Brennan Vineyard. This variety can be notoriously inconsistent in yields and 2007 was no exception. A cool wet period during flowering resulted in very poor fruit set and less than a tonne of fruit was harvested.
The entire Gewürztraminer crop was pressed in one press load. Juice extraction was quick and gentle, facilitated by a high rachis to berry ratio, which crated a high proportion of exit channels for the juice. After cold settling the wine was racked and inoculated for fermentation. The juice was fermented between 12 degrees Celsius and 16 degrees Celsius and stopped naturally with 6 grams of sugar remaining. After fermentation the wine remained on lees for a further two months before protein fining (bentonite), cold stabilisation and sterile filtration before bottling in November 2007.