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Muse Gewurztraminer 2011

Drinking Guide


Drink 2013-2029



From a vintage noted for slow ripening and pristine aromatics, this wine has been modelled around a European style and is hand-picked from our vineyards, the oldest in the Derwent and Tamar Valleys. Intensely pure and fragrant lychee, musk and rosewater aromas are complemented by lime notes. The dry palate shows varietal, nut and mineral flavours. A full body and textural finesse marry the strong structure. Rosewater and spice build on the finish with and fresh acidity. Match with rustic charcuterie and enjoy further complexity and softness with cellaring.

Winemakers Comments
Vintage Description
Technical Details

Since my first releases of this varietal, which in my opinion is most terroir-driven of all the white grapes, I have worked to make a dry wine that would highlight spice and texture rather than upfront fruit, all while remaining very delicate. This wine has again achieved this and was made through the blending of two vineyard blocks. As we make very little of this wine (both blocks are incredibly low yielding) it is necessary to combine the fruit in order to press the juice. The resulting 2011 is similar to the 2010 in that I’ve left a very small amount of residual sweetness. For me this has achieved the balance between acidity, lees weight and alcohol viscosity. I believe that every year we do better and better with this variety, it’s just a shame there is always so little. As for tasting notes it’s much the same as previous years with delicate rose and perfume with a spicy and fattier palate. Despite a difficult season which saw very high botrytis pressure due to full season rain, fruit quality remained very good but necessitated extensive hand-sorting at the winery.