Gray Monk Estate Winery Gewürztraminer 2011
BC VQA, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
Score: Natalie's score
Community Score: 4.4/5 Community Reviews: 19
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Product #: 321588
Wine Type: White Wine
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Bottle size: 750 ml
Winery: Gray Monk Estate Winery
Agent: Charton Hobbs Inc
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Natalie's tasting note, score, food pairings and recipes for this wine Reviewed by January 19, 2013 Natalie MacLean
Opinions about wine differ greatly as the experience is subjective. You may find it helpful to compare this critical evaluation of the wine with mine as well as your own:
Beverly Crandon rated this wine as 93/100 with the following review: On colour, Gray Monk Gewürztraminer 2011 is holds a light yellowish, green hue. On the nose, scents of pear, melon, strawberry, and some spice are present. On the palate, a fantastic blend of tempered acidity, lichee and citrus make this a great drinking Gewürztraminer.
Lori Kilmartin rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review: A very aromatic Gewurztraminer with lemon, pear, grapefruit and lychee on both the nose and palate. It had a medium - long finish with some flintiness. A fabulous match with proscuitto wrapped blue cheese and pear! Be sure and chill before serving.
Joe Hache rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review: This is a classic gewurz. It is pale with peach and tropical fruit on the nose with a nice peach/mango/lychee on the palate. Very nicely balanced between the fruit and acid. Would pair awesome with the spicy Thai dish we all love!
Courtney Flood rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review: Medium-full bodied gewurztraminer that is spicy, sweet, tart, and floral. The aromas are rosewater, sweet apple, mango, lychee, and beeswax. the first mouthful is sweet and fruity but finishes with a bit more acidity than expected. This wine has a lingering richness. Beautiful for a coconut curry.
Jane Staples rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review: Ever wondered what rose petals taste like? Here's your answer in this delicate Gewurtztraminer with floral, lychee and tropical fruit aromas, echoed on the palate with a hint of sweet spice. Try it with Vietnamese cuisine or lightly spiced food.
Dan Trcka rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review: The 2011 Gray Monk Gewürztraminer is a light to medium bodied, fruity wine, with intense aromas of green apple, washed stones and subdued leechie. It is off dry, has good acidity and a medium finish. It is an easy, food friendly drinker for an early afternoon refresher. My impression: NICE, 88 pts. Tasted Jan/13. See my wine recommendations readily available at the LCBO here: http://grapeselections.com/grapeselections
Mark Britton rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review: Pale lemon and a bit watery in appearance with intense floral aromas that jump out of the glass alongside honeydew, stone and some tropical fruits. On the palate it’s a bit more mellow than I would have expected. Extremely easy drinking with fruit so rich it almost comes off with a bit of sweetness. Pair with Asian or Indian food.
Travis Oke rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review: I have 2 favorite things about Gewürztraminer - the ümlaut (little dotty thing on the u) and the spiciness of Gewürz. The Gray Monk is dry but bordering on off-dry and almost clear in colour. Paired it with homemade Gravlax which brought out the pear notes nicely.
Gabriel Israel rated this wine as 87/100 with the following review: On the nose: sweet fruits, flowers. On the palate: mid palate focused. A dry Gewurtz. a bit fizzy, alomst like a light prosecco, sweet finish. will go nicely with pâté or scallops.
Jason Solanki rated this wine as 87/100 with the following review: Quite aromatic with lemon, mineral and herbal spice aromas. Light-bodied with crisp, tart lemon, citrus, orange rind and some lychee on the palate. Has very bright acidity. Finish is medium-length and spicy. Tasted Jan/2013.
Kristin Perrin rated this wine as 86/100 with the following review: What a REFRESHING GEW! Its' Lovely Lychee, Orange Blossom and Rose Petal Bouquet continues to rejuvenate your palate with its' White Grapefruit/Orange Blossom, Lychee and ever-so-delicate Cinnamon finish. "One that I could drink the whole bottle of...it's only 12.6%ABV" -An Anonymous Friend :)
Holly Bruns rated this wine as 86/100 with the following review: There's something delicate and restrained about this wine. The roses, orange peel, and hint of spice lay atop something slightly akin to petrol; a citrus back note livens things up. The lime, pithy, tart finish refreshes the palate.
Corinna Horton rated this wine as 83/100 with the following review: A light, sweet aroma tainted with rose, with a full, ripe pear taste and hints of almond. This was a wine that was too young for me, with an unwelcome effervescence. Wait and drink it in two years, then I believe you will see it bursting with taste, instead of bubbles.
Nina rated this wine as 75/100 with the following review: Light straw color in the glass. On the nose honey, floral, perfume, rose pellets. On the palate dry, more acidity than I would expect. After a while opens up with ripe peach flavor, floral notes. Hot with alcohol. Palate doesn't follow nose aromas. Little disappointed. Light finish with bitter aftertaste.
Dawn Montgomery reviewed this wine as follows: My main joy as a wine educator is seeing the surprise and delight when someone really ‘gets’ what wine is about. Thanks to Gray Monk Estate Wineries and their 2011 Gewürztraminer, that’s what happened sitting round my dining room table yesterday evening for the #ONTastesBC Tweet-up. One member of my tasting team had previously stated her dislike of Gewurztraminer so trepidation was in the air when the bottle was opened and the wine poured. For me it was actually exciting because I knew something about the wine that my friend didn’t, namely that this was an off-dry Gewürz, not the sweet Gewürz of her memory. One hesitant sip and she was hooked, an interesting lesson on how the winemakers can so influence the style of wine. The fruit was harvested from vineyards in both Kelowna and and the juice was left in contact with the skins for an extended period of time before cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The colour is a clear yellow green, with those wonderful distinctive Gewürz aromas of herbal spice, fresh melon and ripe peaches whilst the flavours have lichee, melon and tropical fruits notes. It has a crisp, fresh, rich finish and served chilled, is good on it’s own, with salads or Asian cuisines. Availability in Ontario VINTAGES #321588 Alcohol 12.5% Price $ 19.95 Note: Vintages rates this DRY. Winemaker: George Heiss Jr. & Roger Wong At Gray Monk Estate Winery, the Heiss family has been a pioneer of the wine industry since 1972, from growing grapes to supporting the promotion of British Columbia’s world famous VQA wines. In 1998 the family was honoured with the Founder Award from the Okanagan Wine Festival Society for the winery’s outstanding contributions to this unique wine-growing regionoptimum growing conditions allow cool climate Gewurztraminer varietel to flourish.
The fruit for the 2011 Gewurztraminer was harvested from vineyards in both Kelowna and Kaleden at an average of 20 Brix. The juice was then cool fermented in stainless steel tanks and finished in an off-dry style. Yellow green in hue, this wine has distinctive and powerful aromas of herbal spice, fresh melon and ripe peaches. The flavours are exceptionally complex, showing notes of lichee, melon, tropical fruits and even a suggestion of Earl Grey tea. The finish is crisp and fresh, with notes of spice that linger on the palate. Serve chilled, this wine is appealing on its own, with salads or Asian cuisines. Phone: (250) 766-3168 or 1-800-663-4205 Fax: (250) 766-3390 Email: email@example.com Website: www.graymonk.com All our wines carry the VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) designation with pride. For the Heiss Family, it is a decades-long tradition to produce exceptional wine made from grapes grown throughout the scenic Lake Okanagan Valley. The year 2012 marked 40 years of vineyard operations and 30 years of wine production, making Gray Monk the oldest family owned winery in British Columbia. To celebrate this milestone year, Gray Monk Estate Winery has expanded their Odyssey line of wines. The popular Latitude 50 Series and Estate Wine Series will still be offered. Source: Winery (Gray Monk Estate Winery)
Gray Monk had a monumental 50-40-30 year in 2012. Founder George Weiss and his wife Trudi’s 50th wedding anniversary; 40 years since George started growing grapes in the Okanagan; and 30 years since they opened their winery. Gewürztraminer has always been one of their signature wines. This is packed with classic Gewürz aromas of lychee, grapefruit rind, spice cupboard and pear. A rich wine. Source: Vintages Wine Panel, undated
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Serve this wine between 55-60 degrees Farenheit or 12-16 degrees Celsius. Tip: If your bottle is at room temperature, put it in ice water for about 30 minutes or in the fridge for about three hours to chill it.