Daniel Sogg

Publication: Wine Spectator
Date: 30 Nov 2005
Written by: Daniel Sogg
Article: Stand Out Sauvignons
Wine: Vinoptima Gewurztraminer 2003


New Zealand’s white wines show strength,
while reds are promising but inconsistent.


“… The Vinoptima Gewürztraminer Gisborne Ormond Reserve 2003
(91 [POINTS], $50), from the region north of Hawkes Bay on the east coast of the North Island, resembles bottlings from Alsace, with beautiful litchi and spice notes.


The 2003 Vinoptima, the wine’s debut release is the first vintage of an ambitious project by Nick Nobilo, who is aiming high with a 20-acre vineyard and newly constructed winery devoted exclusively to Gewürztraminer. Nobilo, formally the owner of Nobilo Wine, now part of Constellation Brands, first experienced with the variety in Gisborne Ormond Valley in the 1970s. “The whole objective is to create a world class [Gewürztraminer] vineyard that over time I want to see produce one of the great new wines of the New World,” he says.”