We love having the I-Spy Man around for dinner. Sometimes he brings his young daughters. I must admit we have an admiration for young people brought up well, as we are proud of our The Young One. At a certain age, they have the maturity and confidence of an adult. They have the subtlety of good humour, the gravitas of understanding the serious things in life, and often show a sense of spice at the right moment. So it is with Hex-Bex, daughter of the I-Spy Man. She has a lovely maturity, and is not yet in the prime of her life – but try telling her that!
It was a pleasure to share a bottle of Hex-Bex’s birth year. The 1996 Martinborough Vineyard Martinborough Late Harvest Gewurztraminer was certainly fully mature. But it was past its prime of life time, unlike Hex-Bex, but certainly still very enjoyable. Deep golden orange colour. Aromas and flavours of burnt honey, orange marmalade, barley sugar, caramel and toffee. Lovely unctuousness, and now just beginning to dry a tad on the finish. Did anyone detect any spice? Maybe some ginger. A decadent dessert wine, made from botrytised fruit, picked at 33.5 Brix, fermented to 11.0% alc. and 160 g/L RS. Beerenauslese standard, and the last Gewurztraminer from this producer. We were treated.