Delatite Dead Mans Hill Gewurztraminer 2012
This is widely considered to be one of the country’s finest Gewurtztraminers and each year we look forward to the release of this fine wine from the cooler parts of North-east Victoria. It’s intensely aromatic and is a great foil for spicy Asian dishes where chilli is involved. Prepare for a perfumed nose of musk, rose, and Turkish delight. The palate is cleverly textured showing floral and subtle spice flavours with nicely balanced acids.
The 2014 ‘Deadman’s Hill’ shows the classic Turkish delight and musk characters that Delatite’s Gewürztraminer is renowned for. The perfumed nose hints at a wine that may be sweet but the palate shows that this is a classic dry Gewürztraminer with a crisp and clean finish.
This wine is, as always, a perfect accompaniment to aromatic Thai food with its powerful aromatics being able to complement strong spicy dishes. Alluring in its youth but it will amply reward cellaring for more than ten years; developing honey and toasty characters with age.
Delatite is a small family run winery, specialising in cool climate wines (especially white aromatics) and is located near Mt Buller in North-east Victoria. Since 2002 they’ve followed Biodynamic practices across all areas of vineyard operations and also believe in minimalist winemaking.
Hard to say, easy to drink – Gerwurztraminer is a challenge to the all senses and, consequently, wine snobs love it.
But we know they are secretly dreaming of scraping up some loose change and heading down to the corner store for a bag of mixed lollies.
This Gewurtz is filled with the heady aromas and flavours of rose, lychees and Turkish delight, as well as musk and violets.
What’s brilliantly disconcerting is that despite all the florals and confectionary, this wine is as soft and dry as a perfectly groomed ski run, with a lovely little bouncy finish.
2017 JH 96
In the ripe almost decadent varietal style with musk and lychee, banana tropical aromas.The palate is powerful, concentrated rich, full bodied with generous pineapple musk lychee fruit with a deep middle palate and a great finish layered with tropical, musk and lychee flavours that linger for 30 seconds after swallowing.Rob Geddes MW
Wild, perfumed and deeply expressive of its variety and rocky site, this supple and generous traminer has a heady floral perfume of lychees, musk and lavender backed by spicy scents of rose oil. Long and luscious, it’s wild and meaty, with a long, brightly lit. crunchy and crystal-clear palate whose deep flavours and funky, faintly meaty wild yeast influences finish savoury, but with a faint residual sweetness. Treat it as a bone-dry wine, however.The Australian Wine Annual