Can you really detect Rose Petal aromas in Wine?

Have you ever overheard Wine Enthusiasts conferring over aromas in wine? ''wonderful exotic fruit characters with a mix of floral and a lengthy finish''!

I have to admit that I used to scoff when I would hear this and thought it a bit of nonsense...however I have now taken the time to learn and am now the converted!!!  

This has resulted in a voyage of discovery and a whole new array of tantalising wines that I had never contemplated buying before, such as ''The Aromatics''.  These are the White Wine varieties and include Riesling, Viognier, Albarino and the King of Aromatics - Gewurztraminer. 

Think Tropical fruits, Lychees and of course Rose Petals....what a perfect match for a Summer Wedding or special event.  Perhaps suggest a few of these varieties when sampling and selecting the wines for your Wedding day, with the venue.

Other powerful Primary aromas that you can expect from Gewurztraminer are Turkish Delight and Potpourri.  You've probably guessed by now that this is my favourite wine variety.  I've heard a few pronunciations for this wine but I generally just shorten the name to Gewurz (''ge-ˈvurtz''), which is well recognised in wine circles.

So I implore you this Summer to step outside of your comfort zones and try one of these amazing New Zealand Aromatic wines and I promise you won't be disappointed.  Just to help you choose I've listed below a few of the primary aromas you'll find in these aromatic wines...

(Ruth's favourite)- Gewurztraminer, Primary aromas are Rose Petal, Lavender, Perfume, Clove, Ginger

Viognier- White Peach, Orange Blossom, Apricot, Honeysuckle, Orange Peel.

Riesling- Lemon & Lime, Floral, Pineapple, Mango, Grapefruit, Apple, Pear.

Albarino- Lime, Apple, Grapefruit, Vanilla, Almond, Honey.

Since I've tasted a few of these varieties now and with my Wine Diploma in hand, I'm more than happy to divulge a few of my favourites and some great wine website links.  And so to answer the original question of this topic...''Yes, you really can detect Rose Petal aromas in wine!

Cheers Ruthie



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