This highly perfumed wine opens with fragrant floral aromas of honeysuckle and white flowers. The inviting notes leads to a flavorful palate with bright fresh stone fruit and subtle spice lingering on the palate. The wine offers a pleasing sweetness with a nice amount of acidity that gives structure and supports the body to a smooth, well-rounded finish. This wine pairs very well with spicy foods.
Reflecting its glistening pale lemon hues and high-toned aromas, this limited edition wine shows a clarity of the Gewurztraminer varietal in a lilting light-bodied and dry style. The scent of white flowers, honeydew melon and white peach waft from the glass followed by flavors of ripe apples and nectarines lifted by a touch of mandarin citrus. Crisp yet supple on the palate, the purity of fruit lingers with a mouthwatering finish.
Record rainfall in winter and May showers filled the aquifers and refreshed soils while a cooler than normal spring slowed down growth. The summer was long, warm and even with very few extreme heat spikes allowing the grapes to ripen slowly while preserving freshness and aromas. The growing season ended on a high note with a mild September allowing a slightly longer hang-time for the grapes to develop full flavor and optimum balance resulting in a Gewurztraminer harvest a week later than in 2018.
Paying homage to the first grapes planted at the historic estate, the Gewurztraminer comes from a newly planted vineyard above the winery, in a steeply terraced, nearly hidden location that only is kissed by the Sun for a few hours each day. In this cooler microclimate, the fruit ripens evenly, and with a deliberate pace, allowing for full color development with classic varietal characteristics.
The Chateau St. Jean Gewurztraminer is made in a delicate dry style. After a brief soaking on the skins, the juice was fermented at very low temperatures in small batches for just over one month in temperature-controlled stainless-steel vessels, helping to retain natural acidity and fragrant varietal character.
Margo Van Staaveren’s has been Winemaker for Chateau St. Jean since 2003 and has worked at the winery for over 40 harvests. She was named “Winemaker of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast magazine in 2008. During her long tenure with the winery, Margo has played a pivotal role in every facet of the winemaking process. As winemaker, she makes the final decisions involving blend and style to produce consistently high quality wines in the super premium and luxury category.