Gruner Veltliner is a widely planted variety in Austria and is well suited to the Adelaide hills climate. I wanted to make a Gruner that shows what the region can do for the style. This one is sourced from the Longview vineyard at Macclesfield. A mild, dry vintage allowed us to pick at the optimum time and the grapes were wild fermented in French Oak barrels. The wine spent the next 6 months on lees before being bottled. The resultant wine exhibits great minerality, length and spice with a delicious kick of butterscotch. It is a wine that is made to drink now but will go the long haul and is a balanced drink that will suit the Australian climate and food.
“Fermented wild in French oak. Lactose, spice and honeysuckle notes lend this wine both a prettiness and a distinct personality. You get texture, you get flavour, you get interest. Not a bad proposition.”