An early ripening variety, Gewurztraminer grapes are typically among the first to be picked each growing season. This is the first vintage 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. As a result, the fruit ripens evenly, and with a deliberate pace, allowing for full color development with classic varietal characteristics such as aromas of lychee.
The Chateau St. Jean Gewurztraminer is made in an off-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. Fermentation is arrested early, resulting in a wine that is off-dry, offering balance between beautiful aromatics and body.