Saint Clair - Pioneer Block 12 Lone Gum Gewürtztraminer 2009 (Marlborough, New Zealand)
The night before returning to work after a lovely holiday in the Italian sun really does need a happy wine to cheer things up. This is no time for something safe and sombre.
Thankfully I'd managed to squirrel away a bottle of this excellent Gewürztraminer which did a wonderful job of partly lifting the end of holiday blues. I've long seen Saint Clair as a safe pair of hands and this is another success story. The Pioneer Block wines comes from small parcels of high quality fruit which represent (in their view at least) the ideal terroir for a particular variety. They've clearly found a decent batch of Gewürztraminer grapes somewhere.....
I really wanted to try and avoid referring to Turkish delight when writing this review but sadly there's no better description in my view for the scent and flavour of this wine. There's a floral note too and the layered and textured nature of the wine make it all very drinkable. It's brilliant to be honest. I'd say the wine has got a few good years ahead of it too.
The latest vintage of this wine (2012) is available from Majestic for £17.49 (though is on offer at £13.98 if you buy 2). You can pick up the 2009 vintage from thedrinkshop.com for £15.90.