Finally it feels like spring is coming to London, so tonight we’re opening a fresh and floral white but something with a bit of body to stand up to dinner: Artichoke & Mushroom Gnocchi with Taleggio, Tarragon & Walnuts (it’s still cold and I fancy some creamy, cheesy stodge). Often we head for a Chardonnay if we are after a complex white to have with food, but today we’re having something a little different. Hello Gewürztraminer!
For those of you who have not sampled the delights of Gewürztraminer before, do give it a go. It is pretty unique tasting with its floral, musky, aromatic vibes. Many Gewürztraminers have an archetypal lychee taste and I tend to get hints of rose too. If you’ve had Gewürztraminer from its spiritual home, Alsace, then you’ll find this beauty from Paul Cluver a little fresher, but still with the same luscious characteristics – it’s beautifully balanced. In fact, if you tend to like lighter wines, this is a good one to try as it’s still perfumed but not as cloying as some of its Alsatian peers. Paul Cluver is a legend of the Elgin region of South Africa; famed originally for its apples but is proving to be a brilliant area for producing cool climate, aromatic wines such as this one.
A quick word on Booths if you are not familiar with it. Booths is a super market chain in the north of England; my in-laws coin it as “the Waitrose of the north.” Booths has a good wine selection – we always make a point of visiting one to see what’s new and different. Unfortunately the website is not particularly advanced so I don’t have a link to this wine!
If you fancy trying another wine that has a bit of Gewürztraminer in it, then check out Tesco’s Torres Vina Esmerelda which is a super party wine.
At a glance
- Style? Off-dry white wine
- Where is it from? Elgin, South Africa
- What’s the grape? Gewürztraminer
- Tastes of? Perfumed lychees and roses
- What food would complement it? Curries such as Cardamom & Aubergine Curry and cheese dishes. It’s also light enough to enjoy on its own – well chilled.