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Grüner Veltliner (pronounced Grew-ner Velt-lee-ner) is Austria's signature white grape varietal and is grown in most of its wine regions. It produces wine styles ranging from dry and minerally on steep rocky hillside sites to aromatic and rich wines from deeper loess soils.
We have planted our Gruner Veltliner on our Condors Bend vineyard in the centre of the Wairau Valley. These soils are classic Marlborough, free draining soils: silty/stony riverbed derived. This variety can be vigorous and needs careful tending to avoid excess crop levels; diligent shoot removal, crop thinning and leaf plucking help maintain vine balance.
Lovely lifted aromatic nose of lemon zest, chamomile, white pepper and nutmeg. It's mouthwatering to taste with flavours of lemon, grapefruit, apple and a crisp long dry finishing. A great example of this Austrian variety and one of my favourite wines with spicy Indian or Mexican foods.
pH 3.13 - T.A. 6.95g/l - Residual Sugar 2.9g/l - Alcohol 12.5%
5 Stars Dish Magazine
"Showing attractive white pepper, white florals, white nectarine, apple and subtle citrus notes on the nose and palate and a juicy, slightly salty texture to finish, this an impressive entry. Those who like a hint of austerity and dryness in their whites will enjoy this."