Gewurztraminer (literally the spice of Tramin) is probably the poster child for aromatic white wines with intense perfumes of flowers, lychees and passion fruit. As with so many of these wines, Gewurz can easily fall into multiple categories since it’s grown around the globe with varying traits.
While the perfume remains relatively constant, the character of the wine changes from the rather high alcohol versions with some residual sugar that are typical of Alsace, to drier versions from Chile and New Zealand where the cooler climate helps to moderate the wine’s proclivity to produce prodigious levels of sugar and alcohol.
The ease with which Gewurz produces high sugar grapes has also made it a natural for the production of sweet dessert wines, but that’s a discussion better left for another time.
So if Gewurztraminer tickles your fancy but you find it over powering, where do you turn to?
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