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Gewerztraminer taste
Jan 10th, 2018 at 5:03am
 
I recently bought a Gewurztraminer kit, so I figured that I might need to buy a bottle and sit down with it. I was totally surprised that the bottle tasted so dry and sharp. This is a cheap bottle from California. So cheap that it has a screw off cap(not corked). Now I'm looking for a decent example of this wine, preferably European in origin. My concern is that the wine I bought wasn't a very good example, but I did dispose of it in the usual manner. Can any one recommend a good brand as an example of this wine?
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Reply #1 - Jan 10th, 2018 at 11:06pm
 
Don, there is nothing wrong with screwcaps. May I suggest looking for an example from one of the more German populated areas or checking out the larger wine retailers that might have a decent range of European wines.
Gewürztraminer can be quite dry, green/floral tasting and often a little sharp but as you prefer a sweeter wine simply make the kit as instructed and back sweeten with grape concentrate after stabilising. Wink
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Reply #2 - Jan 10th, 2018 at 11:30pm
 
Screwcaps get my vote Don, but I have a glut of cork to get through, on my keepers Smiley

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Reply #3 - Jan 11th, 2018 at 1:49am
 
My favourite Gewurztraminer is  from P.J. Valckenberg Don. A couple from Salzburg recommended it. A tiny bit sweeter than the norm, glorious IMO.
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Reply #4 - Jan 11th, 2018 at 5:07am
 
PJ Valckinberg.? I'll see if I can find a bottle here in Oklahoma, USA. Thanks and thank you to [b]OB.[b] for the back sweeten advise.
    Probably have to order online to get any European made Gewurztraminer.
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Reply #5 - Jan 15th, 2018 at 5:06pm
 
I found two bottles of the Gewurz. Sutter Home (from Napa Valley, California) and Chateau Ste. Michelle (from Columbia Valley, Washington State).
    I opened the Sutter Home and found it to be surprisingly balanced and slightly sweet. I mean by that , not completely dry. Had an aromatic nose and good body. I like it !!
   My Gewruz kit arrives this afternoon. Yay!!!
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Reply #6 - Jan 25th, 2018 at 3:12pm
 
I started this kit wine (Gewurztraminer) on the 16th of January. The instructions say "Allow your wine to ferment until day 14 before moving on to step 2."Which would be Jan 30th
    Step two begins with, "proceed with step 2 (Stabilizing and clearing) only if you have achieved a SG of 0.998 or lower." Today is only Jan 25th and the SG is at 0.992, which gives me a ABV of 11.55%.
     Should I go ahead and rack this wine off the gross lees or leave it until the January 30th target date. I do want it to have the proper Gewurztraminer taste, but the alcohol level is getting a little high for Gewurz.
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Reply #7 - Jan 25th, 2018 at 5:33pm
 
Don I would go ahead with stage two, things have worked better than the kit intended, yes the abv is heading up and it may be dryer than anticipated, the good news is if you back sweeten with clear apple juice the abv will drop, it will be a little sweeter and will have a fresher taste. Wink
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Reply #8 - Jan 25th, 2018 at 6:10pm
 
Thanks, that's what I thought. It's still bubbling every so often, but I want to get it off the Lees. I like the apple juice tip. IF I NEED IT, I might try that.
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Reply #9 - Feb 26th, 2018 at 1:29am
 
I came up with the label that I'd like to use. Ran off a couple of copies and looked at the date. Wrong friggin date! No big deal Easy to correct. Your site won't allow me to post it.(too big) I guess you'll just have to drop by and lift a few with me.
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Reply #10 - Feb 26th, 2018 at 6:21pm
 
Next time I'm in Uukuhuúwa I'll be sure to swing by and help you drink away any misdated bottles. Wink

PS, might need to win the lottery to afford the trip. Grin Grin Grin
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Reply #11 - Feb 28th, 2018 at 7:17pm
 
If you ever get to USA, you had better come by and stay a few. Got a spare guest room any time. open invite.
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Reply #12 - Feb 28th, 2018 at 8:21pm
 
Love to but travel restricted currently due to weather, a few inches of snow and the country panics. Grin Grin Grin
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Reply #13 - Mar 4th, 2018 at 10:27pm
 
Just 2 weeks til bottling date on the Gewurztraminer !
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Reply #14 - Apr 8th, 2018 at 6:40pm
 
I had left 3 gallons in a carboy to age a little longer down in the cellar. Bottled that today. It was so beautifully clear and bright! I had a little taste and that is a really nice wine. 15 bottles waiting for their labels!
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