Gewürztraminer and Riesling scored highly in the Air New Zealand Wine Awards
There were 11 gold medals among the aromatics at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards, not to mention the silver and bronze. Here are some of our favourites.
A beautiful, full-flavoured fruit varietal that performs well in cooler climates, we recommend gold medal winner, Johanneshof Cellars Gewürztraminer, Marlborough. Aromas of jasmine, spices, rose petal and banana lead to a potpourri palate with lingering flavours of lychees and white chocolate. Silver medal winner Spy Valley Gewürztraminer offers powerful spice notes with ripe citrus and stone fruit - a textured and complex wine.
A highly perfumed grape of German origin, Peter Yealand's Riesling expression is well deserving of its gold gong. An off-dry style with citrus aromas and a hint of jasmine, well-balanced lemon and lime acidity with subtle honey characters. Silver medal winner Lake Chalice offers a medium bodied, naturally low-alcohol riesling, nicely balanced with fresh citrus flavours. The Roaring Meg Central Otago Riesling offers fresh flavours of fresh apples and aromas of cherry blossoms.