Vendange Tardive literally means ‘Late Harvest’ and these wines are a style that is unique to Alsace, and sweeter and riper than a typical Vin d’Alsace, with sometimes a hint of botrytis, but not as full and unctuous as desert wine. Most years that yield good Vendange Tardive wines tend to coincide with better, longer growing seasons and because of this there has been a trend lately of placing these wines above the standard dry wines.
A Vendange Tardive can come under either AOC Alsace or AOC Alsace Grand Cru but must be from one of the four Grand Cru varieties of which Gewurztraminer is one.
This luscious late harvest style wine made from hand picked Gewürztraminer, captures the delicate aromas of elderflowers, bananas and pineapples with a hint of citrus on the nose. Its rich sweetness is underlined by flavours of dried apricots and raisins with a herbal touch of Dill on the long lingering finish. Drink now or until 2015.
“Food Match – Your ultimate cheeseboard……add in fresh walnuts, dried Otago apricots, grilled nashi pear wedges, figs and honeycomb.”
Cameron Douglas, Hospitality Magazine April 2010
“A gorgeous late-picked Gewürztraminer displaying tropical fruit, spice and a hint of honey characters on the nose. The palate is charmingly sweet with silky texture and nicely integrated acidity providing a lovely refreshing finish. The wine is not super-sweet, it’s beautifully vibrant and seductively appealing.”
4.5 Stars – Wine Orbit Sam Kim,(www.wineorbit.co.nz)
4-5 Stars – Michael Cooper
100% Marlborough Gewürztraminer Hand harvested
Total Acidity: 6.6 g/l Ph: 4.1 Residual Sugar: 67.6 g/l
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5 % Standard Drinks: 3.6