Dinner at Red Star (Red Star Restaurant): A sweet ending to a nice night. The nose was classic Gewurztraminer, with lychees and flower and spice touched with a noble honeyed glow. There was a whiff of something rubbery in there that I could not quite place my finger on, but otherwise a really nice bouquet. The palate had the sweet, rich unctuousness that one would expect on a good SGN, but all this was nicely balanced by well-integrated acidity. There was a really nice range of flavours too, with subtle pear notes underlying more dominant lychee tones, then a nice sprinkle of osmanthus flowers and a lift of jasmine tea as the wine moved beyond the midpalate and into a long finish flushed with Gewurztraminer spice and lovely mineral notes. Yum. Really nice and drinking quite beautifully now.
Honey, flowers, powdered sugar nose. Unctuous palate with nutmeg and flowers which begins sweet but turns progressively drier as it persists. Peculiar, and disarming disconnect between the nose and palate, but an excellent cheese wine, if not exactly a luscious sticky.
Next with savoury crepes (filled with crispy smoky bacon, fetta cheese, rocket and topped with maple syrup and a balsamic glaze - an amazingly impressive combo!) I poured the remnants of a Hugel 1988 Gewutztraminer SDGN - chocka-block full of lychee, rose-hip, exotic spices and candied apricot with high acidity that tapered the high residual sugar normally found in this very late-picked style. For such an old wine to hold in the fridge for 24 hours and remain ultimately drinkable was no mean feat. About 91 points last night - I rated at 93 the night before.
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