An elegant and enticing wine from Germany

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Elegance is the trademark of this German wine, says reviewer W. Peter Hoyne. | Larry Ruehl~Sun-Times Media

2009 G & M Machmer Gewurztraminer Spatlese Bechtheimer, Germany

The identity behind this unassuming family estate in Bechtheim, Germany is George and son Markus Machmer. Bordered by the Rhine River to the east and north, this rectangle of rolling sloped vineyards of silt, sand and clay is located within the countryside region of Rheinhessen. This area is recognized for the white grape varietal of Riesling, which thrives along with the more obscure Muller-Thurgau and Silvaner grapes. This municipality of vineyards dates back to the Roman period and is shared by several growers.

Although Riesling dominates German winegrowing, the Machmers have chosen to cultivate the Gewurztraminer grape, well known in the northern region of Alsace, France, within their estate vineyards. Elegance is the trademark of this wine which opens to an enticing floral bees wax aroma. Tropical fruits of mango and lychee nut covered with brown spice and cinnamon burst through on the mid-palate and are carefully balanced with delicate acidity in the finish. This wine can be an enticing aperitif or a delicately sweet companion for herb grilled Thai shrimp with Jasmine rice.

Suggested Retail: $13.99

W. Peter Hoyne has been a wine journalist for over 20 years, covering stories of national and international significance. While his professional relationships in the wine industry have allowed him to share a unique perspective of wine, he is also intrigued by the culinary aspect and harmony that exist between wine and food. As a wine advocate, he is committed to consumer education and is focused on upcoming trends and American wine-buying habits.