Desert Hills, Gewurztraminer, Okanagan Valley, BC VQA, Canada, 2011, 13.35% abv, C$22.90

It’s summer and I’m looking for one of those not-so-ubiquitous, but commonly nicknamed ‘summer sippers’ to have post-work. The only cold stuff in the fridge is this Gewürztraminer from Desert Hills Estate Winery on the Black Sage Bench in the southern Okanagan Valley; it’ll have to do.

This is clear and bright, medium lemon green with light legs. On the nose, it’s youthful with medium plus intensity lychee fruit, citrus, honey and rose, but a slight harshness detracts with some bitterness.

The palate is dry with medium alcohol and medium plus acidity, medium minus body and medium plus flavour intensity of orange, more lychee, rose petals and some spice. The finish is medium.

This wine is on the lower end of WSET ‘Good’; the flavours and aromas are not especially balanced and are slightly watery. Nice acidity is noted, but the finish is only average.

There are other reviews online that rate this wine higher, but this didn’t hit the spot for me. The search for this evening’s summer drink continues…

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