Don’t go too crazy over this exotic gewurz

2008 Gewurztraminer, Heimbourg, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, Alsace, France (£19.99, or £14.99 each if you buy two bottles before 3 February, Majestic).

You only have a few days left to pop into Majestic to buy a handful of bottles of this enchanting wine at its insanely low, reduced price.

Now don’t go crazy – the gewurz grape is an acquired taste and Zind-Humbrecht’s noble and highly sought-after versions are particularly glamorous, palate-lubricating and heady.

In order to give you an idea of my approximate gewurz consumption, so you can gauge your own purchase requirements for 2014, I currently have just three bottles in my cellar of some 1,000 wines.

My cravings for this grape, while urgent on occasion, are clearly pretty rare and in 400 columns I have only previously written up two wines made from this gewurz. Heimbourg is, however, an essential wine for your collection.

Drinking perfectly now and showing extraordinary exoticism of pot pourri, kumquat, musk and tropical fruit, the sweetness, while opulent and intense, is tempered with fine-grained acidity and a gentle, hour-long wake of flavour which follows each sip.

Grab a few bottles and make up your case with these Aussies, which are all epic and subject to a 20% discount right now – Yalumba’s 2012 Y Series Viognier (£7.99) and Bush Vine Grenache (£10.99), and also 2013 Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Riesling (£9.99).

• Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year (www.matthewjukes.com).

Merryn

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