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Morandé ‘One to One’ Gewürztraminer

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Morandé was the first winery in the Chile Casablanca Valley and were the first to receive sustainable certification in Chile. Their One to One Gewürztraminer is different in that each bottle originates from a single vine, thus explaining the product’s name.

The word ‘Gewürz’ means ‘spice’ in German, reflecting the wine’s unique flavour profile, which is aromatic and strongly flavoured as with notes of lychee, rose petal and ginger. Gewürztraminer’s pronounced character can be polarising, with some wine drinkers loving its distinctive aromatic intensity and others finding it too overpowering. Gewürztraminer wine pairs well with Chinese and Thai spicy dishes.

This wine traces its origins back to the Alsace region of France, which being at the Border of Germany was annexed to the new German Empire following its victory in the Franco-Prussian War. In 1918, after Germany’s defeat in the First World War the region was ceded to France under the Treaty of Versailles.

I discovered this wine a long time ago when Majestic used to do wine tasting events. It’s rare for a producer to be able to copy a style so well. With Alace Gewürztraminers shooting up in price, this version from Chile offers a more affordable, consistent and novel alternative with no compromise in taste. It’s around £9 from Majestic.