Sunday, December 23, 2018

Lillydale Vineyard 2018 Gewurztraminer

Lillydale Estate in the heart of the Yarra Valley has undergone a couple of ownership changes - and several years of neglect - so this is its first gewurztraminer release for a decade. Talented winemaker Nicole Esdaile and Wine Network Consulting are assisting the Chinese owners with the restoration of their Yarra Valley vineyard and brand - and this is an impressive start. It is fresh, vibrant and unmistakably gewurz; with Turkish Delight, pear drop and lychee notes to the fore. There's plenty of length here, and oodles of Asian spice, along with a dry finish. Traditional wisdom says to pair gewurz with spicy Asian dishes, but I reckon this would also work well with cold turkey and stuffing on Boxing Day. Taste this at the Yarra Valley Cellar Door. $35. 

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