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Gewurztraminer, 2015

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2015 Okanagan Valley 750 mL ,13.5% ALC/VOL

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Critic's Rating88 pts


APPEARANCE:  Bright, clear, pale wheat sheaf

AROMA:  Richly aromatic with tropical essences of passionfruit, lychee nut, and mango with a hint of exotic allspice and honeysuckle.

PALATE:  This wine is slightly off dry, and the palate is deceptively lush and mouth filling showing tropical melon fruits first and foremost. Honeydew and dragonfruit may come to mind then give way to a rich plush ruby grapefruit framed by a slight Indian spice. Acidity balances the rich tropical textures and sends the message to the consumer that more may be necessary.

THINK OF:  A tropical island where Reggae and surfing are the national pastimes. Beautiful people, sand and palm trees are the conversation pieces, and you have nowhere else to be but where you are. Fill a cooler with wine and head out on the water in the hot sun with your best friends, bold conversations, and don’t forget to leave the cell phones on the beach.

Awards & Ratings

Critic’s Rating:

88 pts

Fresh open leesy aromatic nose with an orange/citrus undercurrent. The palate is a mix of litchi, ginger, honey melon and spice. Well balanced and suitably refreshing in the finish. We like it with fish tacos the winery is suggesting spicy crab, crayfish or pork. Good value.

- Anthony Gismondi


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Tasting Notes

This wine was featured in March's Wine Club package.


Geographical Indication: Okanagan Valley, B.C. 

Vineyard: Estate Vineyard

Cases Produced: 1,814


Appearance: Bright, clear, pale straw in colour.

Nose: Medium-plus intensity, with orange rind, spice, mango, lemon curd, cantaloupe and peach aromas.

Palate: A light-plus bodied, slightly off-dry white with a lovely, viscous texture, bringing tropical fruit (mango, papaya), fresh orange, spice, lychee and apricot flavours.

Quality: The freshness of the fruit suggests drinking this while it’s still young is ideal — say, in the next 12-18 months.

Food Pairing: Butter chicken,pork tenderloin, brie and other softer/mild cheeses, pho, grilled shrimp, roti.


Wine Writer’s Comment:

Gewürztraminer from the Okanagan Valley continues to impress, and 50th Parallel’s example delivers just the right balance of ripe, intense fruit flavours with a hint of sweetness.


There’s no oak to speak of in this white wine, meaning the fresh, vibrant fruit is front and centre. And while Gewürztraminer isn’t a grape known for its acidity, there’s enough verve here to provide some nice length on the beautifully textured palate.


While it drinks very well on its own, it’s tough not to daydream about the many potential food pairings with this Gewürztraminer, be they dishes that deliver spice, sweetness or some combination of the two.


— Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson, Winnipeg Free Press

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