Today’s topic is a white grape that is often associated with France, in particular Alsace where it is the second most planted variety. Of course we’re talking about Gewürztraminer. The variety has more than 1000 years of history. Its are however not in Alsace but in Tramin, Italy. Tramin is a small town in the German-speaking region South Tyrol. The variety’s name is German and literally means Spice Traminer. Gewürztraminer is quite difficult to grow due to the variety’s low acidity and high sugar level. Therefore it is grown mostly in cooler climate zones.
In South Tyrol Gewürztraminer is considered the most typical white variety. Recently I tried two South Tyrolean 2012 Gewürztraminer. Below you find my tasting notes for them.
2012 St. Michael Eppan – Sanct Valentin Gewürztraminer – Alto Adige DOC
The Sanct Valentin Gewürztraminer from St. Michael Eppan underwent a low temperature fermentation and in stainless steel vats. The wine stayed on the yeast for six months. The wine has an ABV of 14.5%.
In the glass, the wine had a yellow-green color.
The nose, was intense but complicated. First there were aromas of roses and pepper. With additional time exotic fruit completed the nose.
2012 Tenute Loacker – Atagis Gewürztraminer – Alto Adige IGT
Tenute Loacker’s Atagis is produced with 100% Gewürztraminer. The wine’s appellation is Alto Adige IGT. I’m not sure why this wine is not classified as Alto Adige DOC.
In the glass, Atagis had an intense golden-yellow color with green hues.
On the nose, aromas of flowers (especially roses), honey and dried fruit.
In the mouth, the wine was full-bodied with a high minerality. I tasted wormwood and bitter herbs as well as licorice. There was a soft acidity and a little bit of residual sugar. Atagis was well-balanced. Lingering finish.
Both Gewürztraminer were pretty good. The Tenute Loacker Atagis retails in Munich for 20€ whereas a bottle of Sanct Valentin Gewürztraminer costs 26€. The Atagis therefore has the better quality-price-ratio.
Have you tried any of those two wines? How do you like them? Let me know the comment section below.