Over the past 20 years Ant McKenzie has crafted fantastic wines for some of the biggest names in New Zealand wine - Dry River, Framingham, Mud House, Te Awa and Spy Valley. Now, under his own banner, he has created a multi-tier range of wines with Craft Farm pitched as "single site expressions that showcase the essence of place."
This supercool late harvest gewurztraminer was vinted from hand-selected botrytis fruit. As with all of Ant's Craft Farm releases, it was given every attention in the winery and the result is a stunning dessert wine that oozes class. With a few years in the bottle, this has developed delicious honeyed apricot flavours. Highly recommended.
The winery writes "Complex notes of manuka honey, old fashioned rose, quince and candied citrus peel. The palate delivers a full range of flavours including ripe nectarine and toasted almonds. This is a full bodied wine with warmth and generosity from both alcohol and residual sugar balanced with refreshing acidity. Expect this wine to develop honeyed apricot and spice notes under its natural cork closure."
Raymond Chan wrote "This is a rich and decadent botrytised Gewurztraminer with tropical fruits and Turkish Delight, honey and musk flavours on an unctuous, smooth flowing palate. Match with spiced, baked desserts and fruit desserts over the next 4+ years."