Yali National Reserva Gewurztraminer 2010 is both a good wine and a ‘do-good’ wine. Its Chilean makers Viña Ventisquero have teamed up with several conservation groups including the UK’s Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust – who get a donation from every bottle sold. The wine is named after the El Yali Wetlands – a protected area where a quarter of Chile’s bird species are found. That birdlife is part of the design on an attractive label.
Gewurztraminer is a grape more usually associated with Alsace or neighbouring Germany, but New World producers are increasingly experimenting with it. Successfully, I think, in this case from the Colchagua Valley in Chile.
Typical Gewurz floral aromas of rose drift up from the glass, but these are balanced by a fruity lemonyness which seems to accentuate the freshness.
That combination of flower and fruit complement each other on the palate too. A citrus zing and bright acidity partner with a more gentle fragrant rose flavour.
The wine is dry – but doesn’t seem so. It also has a really impressive length.
The Analyst was delighted to share this bottle with me. “It’s my kind of wine,” they said. “Very aromatic and a bit tropical…I think I can taste lychees. Seven out of ten.”
We drank the wine alongside a Thai red curry and it went really well. Gewurz is the German word for spice and this variety is often successfully matched with Asian food.
Yali National Reserva Gewurztraminer 2010 is stocked by Majestic – priced at £8.49. But a little bird tells me that if you buy two in November you get 20% off…and from the 22nd of the month through to the end of January the bottle price will be £5.99 if you buy a pair.
W.O.W. factor 7.5