Nichol Vineyards has long been one of our favourite Okanagan wineries (we are generally quite partial to the old Naramata Bench wineries – Nichol, Kettle Valley, La Frenz, Lake Breeze, Elephant Island, Poplar Grove and Hillside), but we generally think of them for their pioneering Syrah and Cab Franc. However, their whites should not be over looked as they produce one of our favourite Pinot Gris (leaving them on the skins like Kettle Valley to extract some of the beautiful salmon colouring) and this very tasty (and very dry) Gewurtz.
For a varietal that is usually known for its aromatics, this wine displays a surprisingly delicate floral nose: rose petals, lychee lime with the slight hint of wet pavement. On the palate this is very far to the dry side of the spectrum of Gewurztraminer with crisp acidity. The palate has notes of lychee, pink grapefruit, white peach, lime zest, hint of spice and a minerally note. This wine has a long finish that carries on that minerally note with a grapefruit pith for what seems like forever.
This will pair well with Asian flavours- think five spice rubbed pork tenderloin or hoisin glazed chicken. The spice holds up to the strong flavours and the crisp acidity a citrus notes beautifully cuts through fats and slaty flavours alike.
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