How do Gewurztraminers age?
I have a 2004 Hugel Gewurztraminer I have been waiting to open... and I have the 2009 right in front of me for the tasting. My studies have taught me that the more they age, the sweeter they get.
So, given that I want to save this '04 for a special occasion, what are some recommendations on serving an older Gewurztraminer (yes, I am repeating the varietal in the text since I am trying to drill into my head that the z comes before the t!)
Sweet wines are typically very stable wines (like Sauternes). This would suggest that you can keep this wine for many more years. It will get smoother, not really sweeter. But beware! This only makes sense if you have a good storage facility otherwise you run the risk of being very disapointed.
Aug 30, 2011 at 6:48pm
Interesting question. First off sweet wines get less sweet with age. The sugar actually disappears, I don't know the chemistry off hand but have plenty of anecdotal evidence to back this up.
As far as ageing Gewurz goes in a mixed bag. You can loose the fruit and floral characteristics though the spice notes will deepen and the honied flavors become more pronounced. It's very much a stylistic decision one makes when one ages Gewurz. Though i tend not to be enamored with the grape i prefer the wines with just a little bottle age, ideal between 1 and 3 years after the vintage.
Aug 30, 2011 at 6:52pm
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