Villa Maria Gewürztraminer is pretty much a textbook example - the nose is floral, with honeysuckle and elderflower in the mix along with a dusting of sugar and spice and below it all, a hint of minerality.This
The floral notes continue on the palate which has balanced, ripe-fruit acidity, more sugary spice and again an underpinning of minerality, which along with the perfumey notes, lingers on the finish.
Like Villa Maria's wines generally, it feels technically well-made, with both bright, prominent fruit and a good depth of flavour; moreover, the differing elements feel well-integrated despite the fruit coming from a number of regions.
The sweetness and acidity will match well with smoked salmon or gravadlax, but it's harder to think of what will match well with the floral, perfumey aromas; "Asian food" is often said to be a good match, but I find that as meaningless as saying French food matches well with Chardonnay, so thanks to the following tweeters for their suggestions (for me, the coriander seems the most convincing).
@VillaMaria_Euro - a coriander-heavy stir fry
@jobarneswines - clafoutis and blue cheese (presumably not together)
@pawpawapps - Pathia curry (whatever that is)
£9.99 from Majestic (currently running an offer on NZ whites), Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Wine Rack, nzhouse ofwine.co.uk, Matthew Clark, wine-studio.co.uk; provided for review.
Villa Maria - http://www.villamaria.co.nz/
Majestic - http://www.majestic.co.uk/
Sainsbury's - http://www.sainsburys.co.uk/
Waitrose - http://www.waitrosewine.com/
Wine Rack - http://www.winerack.co.uk/
nzhouse ofwine.co.uk - http://www.nzhouseofwine.co.uk/
Matthew Clark - http://www.mathewclark.co.uk/
wine-studio.co.uk - http://www.wine-studio.co.uk/