Grape Variety: 100% Gewürtztraminer
Country: New Zealand
Region: Central Otago
Vinification: In 2014 the vineyard once again produced fruit with small berries and we have again fermented 100% of the wine in older French oak barrels to also help soften the palate. Wild yeasts were used for 25% of the barrels and the remainder inoculated with commercial yeast. The ferment was stopped early to retain a little residual sugar to balance the natural acidity.
Cellar Potential: 1-6+ years
Sweetness: 13 g/L
Misha's Vineyard "Gallery" Gewurztraminer 2014
A multi-layered bouquet with exotic aromas of honeysuckle, cinnamon stick and fragrant lilies followed by deeper notes of honey, nougat and hazelnut, this off-dry wine has an elegant silky palate which lingers with a hint of cooling florals.
The first winemaker attracted to Central Otago was John Desiré Feraud who came to the area during the Dunstan gold rush of 1862, and after investing in a claim became rich overnight. Feraud, who was from a French winemaking family, recognised the potential for grape growing, and leased 40 hectares in Clyde where he planted the first wine grapes in 1864. Over the next 20 years he made a variety of wines even winning a prize for his Burgundy-style wine in Sydney in 1881. His farm, named Monte Christo Gardens, was an extensive garden of fruit trees, vegetables and 1200 vines, along with a winery which still stands today.
During this period, viticulturalist Romeo Bragato also visited Central Otago and declared the area as one of great potential for grape growing. However Feraud and Bragato’s enthusiasm for grape-growing did not spread to others and when Feraud left the region, commercial winemaking ceased. Over the next hundred years, no one tried to grow grapes again and the focus for Central Otago was on sheep farming and fruit production.