EDELZWICKER IS A CENTURIES OLD, ALSATIAN WINE TERM TAKEN FROM THE GERMAN WORDS ‘EDEL’ (NOBLE) AND ‘ZWICKER’ (BLEND). A TRUE EDELZWICKER IS MADE FROM NOBLE GRAPE VARIETIES ALL PICKED ON THE SAME DAY AND FROM THE SAME VINEYARD, GIVING A PURE EXPRESSION OF THE VINTAGE AND TERROIR.
GRAPES: GEWURZTRAMINER, PINOT GRIS, CHARDONNAY AND VIOGNIER
A delicate light blush colour, this wine shows concentrated white stone fruits, peach, persimmon and lanolin, underscored with bright energetic acidity, dried herbs and baled hay. This wine is best enjoyed chilled when the days draw out and start to heat up and matches well with oysters, cockles, pipis and paddle crabs.
Warm dry conditions prevailed in the Autumn of 2021 and will go down as another all-time classic growing season for the dry farmers in Hawke's Bay. These perfect growing conditions provided even ripening across our five noble varieties, allowing us to capture the vitality and bright natural acidity in the grapes.
Edelzwicker is a centuries old, Alsatian wine term taken from the German words ‘Edel’ (noble) and ‘Zwicker’ (blend). A true Edelzwicker is made from noble grape varieties all picked on the same day and from the same vineyard, giving a pure expression of the vintage and terroir.
Five varieties were handpicked on the same day then de-stemmed and co-fermented on skins for four days to provide additional flavour, colour, tannins, phenol and esterification. The wine was then pressed off-skins and the ferment continued until completely dry in a stainless-steel tank. This year Pinot Blanc dominates the blend (45%), followed by Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer with Chardonnay and Viognier making cameo appearances. This wine is by far the driest and lightest in colour of our Edelzwickers made to date.