Tuesday, February 07, 2017

MENU's Wine of the Week: Altydgedacht Gewürztraminer 2014

We showed this wine in a tasting of Teutonic varietals with our wine club recently. It is one of very few bone dry examples of this varietal in produced in South Africa. Like Riesling, Gewürztraminer does not have a large following, largely because it is not well understood. It is a delicate and aromatic wine, typically with roses and a little spice on the nose (gewürz is the German word for spice) and Turkish delight and litchis on the palate with lightly spicy notes
Many people assume that a Gewürztraminer will be a sweet or semi-sweet wine, and there are good examples of this style too, but dry wines like this are a delicious accompaniment to Middle Eastern and other lightly spiced foods. It is also a very good wine to serve as an apèritif
The Altydgedacht website has not been updated for several years, but expect to pay around R120 per bottle at good wine shops for the current vintage. Platter gave it 4 stars
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2017

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