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Gewürztraminer is an aromatic wine grape variety, used in dry or off-dry white wines and also dessert wines. It performs best in colder climates but can prove challenging to cultivate. Gewürztraminer grape is a variety with a pink to red skin colour but with white flesh, which makes it a "white wine grape” it has a high natural sugar, with a high resemblance of lychees.
Indeed, Gewürztraminer and lychees share the same aroma compounds.
Dry Gewürztraminers also have aromas of roses, passion fruit and floral notes. It is quite common to notice some spritz (fine bubbles on the inside of the glass).
Gewürztraminer's sweetness compliments the spice in Asian cuisine. It goes well with creamy cheeses and firm, fatty (oily) wild game.
As a general rule Gewürztraminer tastes best within a year or two of release as this ensures it has the highest possible acidity, which gives Gewürztraminer a crisp, fresh flavour.
Dessert wines made the Gewürztraminer grape are rare, and they commanded high prices, due in part to the late harvesting of the vine which is termed “noble rot.”