2009 Cono Sur Vision Gewurztraminer

By Duane Pemberton

The more I understand Chile, the more I see how incredibly well-suited it is for growing all kinds of grapes thanks to its diverse topography. Because of its incredibly long coastal line, Chile has a ton of various possibilities for grapes – from hot, tropical conditions down to near freezing in the south-end of the country.

I really feel Gewurztraminer is an awesome white grape that largely gets overlooked now days because of how it’s been so bastardized into a sweet wine that many folks don’t care for and most of which are very food unfriendly.

Cono Sure is a relatively large winery that produces a wide assortment of wines using various varietals. They produce everything from Pinot Noir to Carmenere.

Technical Data:

  • Grape: 100% Gewurztraminer
  • Appellation: Casablanca Valley
  • Alcohol: 13.2%
  • Residual Sugar: 8.3 g/l
  • ph: 3.31
  • TA: 6.9 g/l
  • Price: $15

Nose: Petrol, bluestone, apricot, peachfuzz, lavender, a hint of river-rocks, kiwi, lemons and starfruit.

Taste: Good balance of petrol and stone fruits – this is a nice, dry Gewurztraminer that remains faithful to the grape. Good acidity with a slight hint of sweetness which makes for a very balanced wine. This style definitely takes me back to the old-world of Alace and Austria in its dryness approach. Good finish that brings on enough acid to make the Grateful Dead proud – a natural pick for lightly-spiced curry dishes, antipasta dishes, Rockfish, Halibut and other “fleshy” seafoods.

W.E.P. Rating: 100%

On the web: www.conosur.com