Longridge of Hawkes Bay Gewurztraminer 2000 went on sale at the beginning of October, and with a retail price of NZ$14.95 the company is expecting the wine to dominate supermarket sales.

The grapes for this typical perfumed Gewürztraminer were picked at optimum ripeness. The juice was cold settled for two days, prior to being inoculated with a strain of yeast that enhances the aromas and flavours of aromatic grape varieties such as Gewürztraminer.

The wine was then held on light yeast lees prior to filtration and bottling to add richness and subtle creamy complexities.

Longridge said: "The full bodied palate of this balanced wine is deliciously soft with hints of sweetness adding weight and roundness to an already complex mouthfeel of yellow grapefruit and apricot flavours."

Growing increasingly popular with New Zealand wine lovers, figures from AC Nielsen show that Longridge of Hawkes Bay is the best selling Gewürztraminer in New Zealand supermarkets.

Its 1999 Gewurztraminer had the largest share of supermarket sales by litre, accounting for 30% of sales.

Wine Specifications:

Grape variety: Gewurztraminer
Viticultural region: Hawkes Bay
Date harvested: March 2000
Brix at Harvest: 22.5
Residual grape sugar: 4.7g per litre
Titratable acidity: 7.4g per litre
Alcohol by volume: 13%