Up until a few years ago, Gewürztraminer was the name of that grape that I didn’t know how to pronounce, so I actively avoided it. (It’s pronounced guh-voorts-truh-meaner.) Cut to the present day and it’s one of my favourite white wine varietals, especially here in Ontario. It’s a versatile grape, one that’s constantly surprising me with its depth.
The Wine: Organized Crime
The Price: $22.00
The Grape: Gewürztraminer
The Location: Beamsville, ON
Organized Crime’s 2017 Gewürztraminer is more traditional in its style, but no less delicious. On the nose, aromatics are strong with notes of lychee, melon and whispers of kiwi. On the palette, wildflowers are very apparent, with a hint of sea salt, like I’ve been transported to a meadow on the edge of the Cape overlooking the ocean. Cantaloupe and honeysuckle round out the first sip. Off-dry, this is a rich wine, one that I sipped slowly, enjoying every last drop.
Organized Crime is one of my favourite small lot wineries to visit when we hit the Beamsville Bench and they recently won a slew of awards at the National Wine Awards of Canada. The winery itself is unassuming, with a small tasting room that overlooks their property. I first fell in love with their Pinot Gris years ago, but I keep coming back time and time again because of wines like this Gewürzts; wines that are elegant, effortless and — of course – downright delectable.