2007 Lyre Bird Hill Gewürztraminer

The South Gippsland Region has a climate and diversity comparable to Burgundy and similarly excels in the production of delicate versions of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Other varieties such as Viognier, Malbec and Gewürztraminer crop up in the area too adding interest to that diversity and to this underrated part of Victoria's winescape.

The Lyre Bird Hill Winery established in 1986 is situated on the Koonwarra-Inverloch Road Koonwarra amongst picturesque rolling dairy country. The 2007 Gewürztraminer is from estate grown fruit but according to winemaker Owen Schmidt, past vintages have been supplemented by fruit from the Yarra Valley because of poor yields.   

Straw yellow colour. Flamboyant bouquet of lychee, tart citrus, candied musk and rose petals. Everything you'd expect. Segues to some sweetness upon entry but flinty and spicy in the main. An off dry style, apricot, mango, cinnamon, a hint of honeyed sweetness with an oily texture, nice concentrated elements reflecting bottle age. The finish however had a sour to bitter taste that was unpleasant, interestingly 

dissipating the following evening. Good to start off but a letdown in the end.

Source: Winery Purchase. Alcohol: 12.2%. Closure: Screwcap. Price: $15.00. Rating: 85 Points.
Website: http://www.lyrebirdhill.com.au/index.php

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