This single vineyard Gewurztraminer coming from South Africa’s most awarded winery not only makes for a stunning wine showing pronounced characters of lychee and pineapple, it has a beautiful story too. The wine takes its name from a description, which is featured on the bottle, of The Nederburg Manor’s leading lady Ilse Grau. A gorgeous bottle, wine and lady, a perfect gift and an exceptional match to spicy Asian cuisine due to its off dry style.
Nederburg is South Africa’s most awarded winery with more prizes and accolades than any other winery in South Africa including ‘Winery of The Year’ and Worlds Most Admired Brand’. They have also been granted Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI) membership as a result if the eco-sustainability projects undertaken by its grape growing farms including activities which support local indigenous habitat conservation.
The first vineyards were planted not long after the original house was built by German immigrants in 1791. The beautiful manor house, a national monument followed in 1800. At the heart of Nederburg’s winemaking heritage are the people who have contributed to the winery’s rich and colourful history. The ‘heritage heroes’ range of wines has been created to celebrate those important figures. The Beautiful Lady has been named after Ilse Graue who was the wife of Johann Graue who acquired Nederburg in 1937. She bought a ‘gracious sense of hospitality’ to the estate and fundamentally opened it up to the world.
This wine is a single-vineyard Gewürztraminer sourced from a single block in the Stellenbosch region which was planted in 1988 and is situated 210m above sea level. Hand-harvested fruit was gently pressed and skin contact allowed for 12 hours (quite unusual for a white wine) to concentrate the aromatic flavours. This wine is off dry which means it contains some residual sugar, but this is balanced by the acidity. The wine is superbly aromatic with lychee, rose petal and pineapple aromas leaping out of the glass. The palate is rich and fragrant with those tropical fruit characters and rose water filling the palate with a touch of viscosity. The finish is long and lingering.
This wine would be an excellent match to fragrant and aromatic dishes which reflect the flavours in the wine, especially those South East Asian flavours of lemongrass, Thai basil, lime and galangal. I would pair with a Thai green chicken curry or a sweet chili prawn stir-fry with loads of coriander.