Region: Yarra Valley - Victoria
Winemaker: Dave Mackintosh
Varietal(s): 100% Gewürtzraminer (on skins)
The Smokestack Lightning wines from Dave Macintosh are interesting takes on white varieties made with some portion of skin contact and as little intervention as possible.
They are pure expressions of vineyards with amazing vitality. A cleaner, more grown-up version of the amber wine scene, you might say.
The SCGZ (Skin Contact Gewürztraminer) is a thrill-seeker's Gewürz, no doubt about it. Gewürztraminer carries its distinct characters wherever it goes.
Here, with a whopping 50 days on skins, there's some parts of the variety's personality which have been dialled up, and some that have been softened, making for a fascinating and texturally intriguing expression of this variety and site.