An exploration of wine

328. Cantina Tramin, Gewürztraminer Nussbaumer Alto Adige, 2005

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€24; 14.5%

Picked this up at Peck in Milan whilst on a business trip – what a wine cellar that shop has (though not cheap)! Not only extensive and unusual Italians, but classics like 5L Yquem bottles. Anyway, this was the recommendation from the salesman (allegedly from Alto Adige) for my first Alto Adige. Overall, a successful introduction to the region – a good Gewürztraminer, expressing strong varietal character, and oily concentration that might be expected from Alsace. ‘Clean lines’ is a good description. From the co-op in the village of Tramin (that likes to claim the origins of Gewürz). Mid-depth yellow-gold. Intense nose, even when well-chilled. Initially a perfumed – yet savoury aroma with a hint of garlic (or toasted garlic). Opened into a classic lychee fruit core, with a lick of butter or vanilla. Off-dry, rich, oily palate with sweet lychee fruit. Some warm, spicy, yet bitter notes on the finish. Good length. Matched garlic biltong (!).

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