Comments by Dry River winemaker, Wilco Lam
The warmer vintages like the 2018 benefit our Alsace varieties in the vineyard for the style we pursue, in this case the 2018 Dry River Lovat Gewurztraminer: a broader, denser wine with full, decadent aromatics and a touch of residual sugar.
Hallmark aromatics of quince, ginger, rose petals and lychee are seamlessly woven into more difficult to decipher aromatics; perfumed stone fruits and papaya with lifted spices. Some of the 2018 Botrytis bunch selection wine was blended into this to provide some more depth - honey suckle and orange peel characters with fresh, dried herbs.
The palate is structured, even a bit stern at first, then becoming more ‘elastic’ and viscous with the alcohol spreading through the wine, giving an element of buoyancy. The well natured character is reflective of the vintage: warm, calm, soft with a bright spark and a friendly twinkle. The botrytis portion expresses honey rate and orange marmalade. We see a marked duality in the evolution over the palate where it spreads and broadens, then dries and salivates, but is never lost in direction.
If possible, refrain from drinking this wine for the first 2 - 3 years, it will open up and soften beautifully.