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Heinz Eifel Shine Gewurztraminer 2015

Gewurztraminer from Rheinhessen, Germany
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10% ABV
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10% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Produced in an off-dry style with exotic aromas and flavors of lychee, rose petal, passion fruit and ginger.

Gewürztraminer’s sweetness may offset the spice in Asian cuisine. It goes well with cheese, and fleshy, fatty (oily) wild game. Smoked salmon is a particularly good match.

Critical Acclaim

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While the nose is a touch savory, accented by hints of nut and earth, a bounty of luscious, fruity exuberance awaits on the palate of this off-dry Gewürztraminer. Layers of honey and nectar lend an unctuousness to fresh yellow peach and citrus flavors. The finish lingers with a swirl of sweet caramel.
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Heinz Eifel

Heinz Eifel

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Heinz Eifel, Rheinhessen, Germany
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Heinz Eifel is a brand of German Riesling wines that are crafted from the highest quality grapes processed with only the most modern standards, techniques and technology. Unlike many larger German wineries, Heinz Eifel himself has control over the entire winemaking process — from vine to bottle.

Rheinhessen

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Extending south from the Rheingau region to become a valley of gently rolling hills, Rheinhessen is Germany’s largest wine region. The best Rieslings of Rheinhessen, often characterized by smoky, peach and citrus aromas, come from vines grown in the red soils of the Rheinterrasse.

Gewurztraminer

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Gewürztraminer is an expressive and aromatically distinctive white grape variety. It is considered a noble variety in the Alsace region of France, and can produce beautiful wines in the mountainous Alto Adige region of north-eastern Italy. With the notable exception of the Anderson Valley, most regions of California are too warm for Gewürztraminer’s low potential acidity, but it has done particularly well in more northerly, cooler regions of North America such as British Columbia, Ontario’s Niagara Peninsula, and New York's Finger Lakes.

In the Glass

Gewürztraminer is bold and highly aromatic, with intense flavors of lychee, rose petal, ginger, musk, exotic spice, smoke, pineapple, apricot kernel and peach. Wines range from bone dry to quite sweet and its naturally low acidity is offset by high levels of skin-derived phenolics, which in addition to aromatics, provide weight and a good structural grip.

Perfect Pairings

Gewürztraminer’s natural spiciness makes it a great ally for flavorful cuisine, such as Indian, Middle Eastern, or Moroccan fare. It is also excellent with dense, oily fish like salmon, swordfish and mahi-mahi, and works well with a wide range of meats and charcuterie. Gewürztraminer truly shines with classic Alsatian dishes like choucroute, Quiche Lorraine and anything egg-based.

Sommelier Secret

Because of its floral perfume and tendency towards slight sweetness, Gewürztraminer makes for an excellent gateway wine. For those who have been introduced to wine through Moscato or other sweet wines, Gewürztraminer can serve as the perfect bridge towards an appreciation for dry whites.

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