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Bergsig Gewurztraminer 2008


The Cape is probably the world’s most dramatically beautiful wine-producing region, with magnificent snow-capped mountains serving as a backdrop to the vineyards. It also has a superb climate for growing vines – its plentiful sunshine, being tempered by cool mountain breezes that ensure the grapes ripen slowly to perfection. This is an exciting new white from the Bergsig Estate, which lies in the Breede River Valley in Worcester, near Paarl and Stellenbosch, and has an excellent microclimate for viticulture. It’s made purely from Gewurztraminer – one of the most recognisable white grapes in the world thanks to its distinctive lychee and rose petal aromas. Fresh off the boat from the excellent 2008 vintage, the wine was made by the current head of the winery, De Wet Lategan, former Cape Winemaker of the Year and winner of more than 100 awards in the last decade. De Wet works with the ripe fruit of vines planted by his grandfather. The grapes are picked by hand in the cool morning air to preserve the bright flavours all the way to your glass.