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Sommos Gewurztraminer 2015

Somontano, Spain

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Aromatic and fruity, with generous notes of melon and lychee, and an exotic, lush wash of succulent tropical fruit balanced nicely by a zippy spritz and faint bitterness on the finish. Bright and zesty all round - delicious!

Lovely on its own or with hot curries, paté or Middle Eastern dishes.

These Gewurztraminer grapes were harvested between midnight and 8am during late August. Following crushing and a cool maceration (soak), the must is pressed and the juice fermented in stainless steel, before being transferred to new French oak barrels for four months' ageing.

Sommos is among Spain's most modern bodegas, from its futuristic main building, which features interlaced cubes, to its 27-metre high winery, which was designed to use just gravity to move wine around, thereby avoiding the damage that traditional pumps cause - Sommos even uses the intelligent Cartesian porta ovis robot ("Explorer Robot") to carry out basic tasks such as filling/emptying barrels, stacking pallets etc! Grapes are harvested during the cool of the night to maximise the wines' fruitiness.

The northern Spanish region of Somontano ("under the mountain") nestles in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Unlike much of the country's interior, it is lush and green due to an abundance of rivers and creeks. Diverse in terms of grapes, eight red and seven white varieties are allowed in Somontano - including native Moristel, Parraleta and Macabeo/Viura (known here as Alcañón), plus international grapes Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah and Chardonnay. It is the only place in Spain with a reputation for Gewurztraminer.
Alcohol: 13.5%
Style: Lush, tropical, zesty
Closure: Cork
Drink by: 2019


Stitch & Bear food blog

Joanne Cronin

"Beautifully aromatic, as you'd expect from Gewurz, it's also bright and lively with a long finish."

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