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A blend of Gewurztraminer, Riesling and Pinot Gris, the Aromatico is Steve's "Moscato for grown-ups". It is modelled after on the leaner and zippier white wines of Northern Italy, rather than the more unctuous versions of these blends found in Alsace. It has all the unique character of Gewurztraminer but without any of the exaggerated flabbyness, with the Riesling giving it its _freshness and length_ and a _hint of pear_ from the Pinot Gris. It's not as complex or intense as many of Pannell's iconic wines, but nor is it designed to be. It's fresh, fun and full of life, and if you want an easy-drinking Summer white that isn't yet-another Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio then give this is a go!
What it Tastes Like
As you'd expect from a Gewurztraminer based wine the nose is extremely expressive, with aromas of citrus, lychees and subtle spice. The palate is distinctly round and full of ripe fruit, but unlike many Gewurz which finish soft and oily, the Riesling component ties it all together with nice acidity and length. A well-balanced all-rounder with plenty of interest.
Trophy & Gold Medal. - Adelaide Hills Wine Show & Royal Melbourne Wine Awards
Aromatico is a blend of Adelaide Hills Gewürztraminer, Riesling and Pinot Gris. The name is taken from one of the many synonyms for the Gewürztraminer grape. This pinkish-grey grape is believed to originate in the Alto Adige area of Northern Italy near the town of Tramin where it is known as Traminer Aromatico. For a long time I have wanted to make a Gewürztraminer based wine because of its unrivalled pungent and alluring aromatic qualities – orange blossom, lychee and rose. Traminer Aromatico is a low acid white variety so I have blended it with Riesling and Pinot Gris to create a flavoursome wine with a balanced natural acidity, and mouth-filling sweetness on the finish In short this wine is Moscato for grown ups. This wine has a highly perfumed alluring bouquet. The Gewürztraminer component imparts lychee, musk and rose petals, while the Riesling adds lime and orange blossom, with a hint of pear from the Pinot Gris. This is a light to medium bodied juicy wine, textural and unctuous. The flavours are complex and intense, reflecting the wine’s aromatic characters. A small amount (9g) of residual sugar balances and enhances the finish.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Alcohol: Drink Until: 2018
About the Producer
Quite simply, Steven Pannell is one of Australia’s finest and most imaginative winemakers. He’s a Jimmy Watson Trophy winner, a McLaren Vale Bushing King winner, a two-time Max Schubert Trophy winner, International Red Winemaker of the Year and Decanter Magazine’s 50 Most Influential Contributors to the World of Wine. Nick Stock described him as potentially “one of the greatest Australian winemakers ever to make wines in our age”.
Steve’s wines are made with modern Australian food and wine culture at the front of mind. The wines, such as his lauded Tempranillo Touriga blend, defy convention but place freshness and versatility front and centre. He is truly one of the most forward thinking and inspirational Australian winemakers alive today.
The Adelaide Hills may be the most energised wine region in the country. The sense of exploration and creativity amongst the tribe of talented young winemakers in this region is unparralelled. The Hills has become crucible of Australian wine talent, offering an array of varieties, from classics such as Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, to new varieties like Nebbiolo and Grüner Veltliner for the younger generation to play with. Every vintage brings new colour and complexity to the rich wine, food and produce culture of this cool climate region.
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