The Robertson Winery is east of Capetown in the Western Cape, home to a number of winemakers who began planting grapes in the 17th century. Robertson Winery’s Special Late Harvest Gewurtztraminer, 2014, is already sold out – a tribute to its quality and value (retail price range is $10-$12). It is 11.5 percent ABV and has flavors of peach and litchi, plus has a feature providing “extra interest,” the winemaker says, a touch of honeyed botrytis. Robertson is an extended family of 35 participating farms, most of which are seventh generation wine producers. Visit www.facebook.com/Robertson Winery. The wines are distributed by Indigo Wine Group (www.indigowinegroup.com).
This lovely 2014 Robertson Winery Gewurtztraminer Special Late Harvest 2014 is rich and smooth with good balance of sugar and acid. Very moderately priced at retail – $10 – it makes a special wine by the glass offering with scents of honeysuckle and rose petals. Robertson points out that it contains both sulfites and milk for those with sensitivities.
The grapes are planted in Karoo soil on well-drained mountain slopes in order to use the prevailing sea breeze to cool the fruit, extend the ripening period and build flavor. The South African winery is located in an old stone church on the Breede River in the Western Cape. The aromatic Gewurtztraminer is a real treat – a not too sweet option with lots to offer.