Cantina Tramin "Nussbaumer" Gewürztraminer 2010 (Alto Adige, Italy).
Lots of traditionally German varietals have long been at home in Northern Italy, which was once a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. I love the variety of grapes and the melange of cultures that northern Italy has to offer.
This wine had a particularly floral boquet: lavender and roses, with a hint of the classic lychee. On the palate it was rich, juicy, and extracted, with a soft acidity that balanced the intensity of fruit. I paired this with a raw Hama Hama oyster topped with lavender gelee, and hydrated basil seeds. It was a dream pairing, and rightfully so as the winery's German name "tramin" means, quite literally "dream."
Cantina Tramin produces this whimsical gewürtz from a single vineyard called "Nussbaumer," a 32 acre plot that sprawls out from the foot of a mountain range with both guyot and pergola vines. The vines are 10-40 years old & carefully managed. A nearby lake mediates the climate.