Gruner dreaming


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Hahndorf Hill Winery
  Adelaide Hills

 Folks, it is now almost time to be able to reach out and touch the Hahndorf Hill ‘GRU’ Gruner Veltliner 2013! Well, almost, but not quite. This is because all the building blocks are now virtually ready and soon we’ll be putting the final blend together prior to bottling.

Vintage 2013 was a great year with no disease pressures, good temperatures and our vines are now just that bit older, allowing us more options in the vineyard. I am hoping this year to not only capture the typical freshness of this wonderful variety, with a good citrus/pear backbone and the spicy, savoury notes, but also the rich and appealing stone-fruit quality that the Austrians rave about.

In order to put together the most complex and exciting wine possible, we have made several different fermentation parcels, each with their own specific fermentation processes and each will therefore have their own taste personality. Once completed, we will decide which of these wines – and in what proportions – will be blended together to make the GRU 2013.

Gruner Veltliner tank sample at Hahndorf Hill.

Larry drawing a tank sample of the Hahndorf Hill Gruner 2013.

Wow ... almost there!

Wow … almost there!


This  is a pic of the batch that was tank fermented. The wine is still cloudy with lees but it is already clear how beautiful and fresh this component will be!



Larry and Gruner Veltliner barrel.

Love me, love my barrel.

The barrel ferments are still ticking along nicely and we have a combination of wild ferment and inoculated yeast fermentations that are nearly – but not quite yet – dry. The contribution from this batch will be deliciously unctuous and rich and will hopefully be the perfect foil to the fresher, crisper batches.

Next big step will be to decide how much and which of the various components to blend together to make the best possible wine for you! This will be the fun part and I can barely wait …

Look out folks … GRU 2013 is coming your way soon!

For pre-release allocations of our GRU 2013, and further information, please go to

Enjoying the fruits of the harvest.

Enjoying the fruits of the harvest.

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