2017 Inverquharity Gewürztraminer

First up I’m going to say, it is much easier to drink this wine than it is to spell the above two words.  Just out of interest, Jancis Robinson said, “Gewürztraminer has the dubious dual distinction of being the easiest grape variety to recognize and the most difficult to spell.”  The Bulgarians like to call it Mala Dinka, a German term is Kleinweiner (sounds more like a variety of schnitzel) and in Czechoslovakia you’ll find the name Liwora used for the variety!

From the website, “Inverquharity (In-ver-kwa-ri-tee) is the original name of the farming property where the vineyard is located.  The property was granted to the Ogilvie family who arrived from Scotland and named the property after their family castle in Angus, Scotland.”

Inverquharity, IQ for short, is a 1.2 hectare vineyard about 25 minutes east of Hobart near the historic village of Richmond.  There are 10 rows of Gewürztraminer consisting of 4 different clones.  From the 2017 vintage, 2 tonnes were sent to Alain Rousseau to work his magic…and I reckon he did just that.

It has good Gewürztraminer aromatics without being too much so.  It’s floral with subtle rose petal and turkish delight aromas.  I prefer my Gewürz like that.  It’s a little bit lychee and a little bit peachy, it has a nice amount of texture with a slight hint of sweetness on the finish.  I realise I said “a little bit of this and a slight hint of that” but when you put them all together you get a wine with a great combo of flavours.  It’s very nicely balanced too and, without a doubt, would be the perfect partner with…anything you damn well like!  Well, maybe not red meat but certainly herbal inspired fish or a spicy chicken thingy (so says my foody wife).

This vintage isn’t on the website at the moment (the 2016 is and that’s a beauty too) so head there and send an email if you’d like some.  Otherwise, give Emily a call on 0420822276

IQ Wines Website

Region: Coal River Valley, Tas     Price: $32     Source: Cellar Door Purchase


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