Hahndorf Hill Winery
GRU 2014 is almost born! All the building blocks are in place and we are just about to put together the final blend.
But first some thoughts about the vintage in general terms.
2014 will – for me – be remembered as one of the coolest starts to the summer season which dramatically affected the bunch numbers, bunch sizes and ultimately, the amount of fruit we were able to harvest. This impacted not only on Gruner Veltliner in the vineyard, but virtually all other varieties were affected to a greater or lesser extent. However, I am also keen to point out that what we lost in volume, we more than amply made up for in quality! I would like to predict that the white wines from vintage 2014 are going to charm everybody with their wonderful aromatics, their fine form and body.
And the Gruner Veltliner is going to be no exception! I have just been tasting all the different fermentation components that will be blended together to make up GRU 2014 – and they are all gorgeous.
There is the portion that was harvested early to give that fresh, zesty backbone to the wine and which is loaded with spicy citrus. Another portion was harvested at a riper level and fermented with a different yeast and this building block is richer, offering grapefruit and stone fruit complexity.
Then there are the various components that were wild-fermented and which bring a funky, unctuous twist to the party.
All I can say is that GRU 2014 is going to be the best ever and you will simply have to try it yourself! (To be released in September this year.)
Other good news is that two of our Gruner Veltliners received awards at the prestigious Berliner Wein Trophy competition in Germany. The HHW GRU 2013 was awarded a Silver Medal and the yet-to-be-released 2013 GRU2 was awarded a Gold Medal. (To be released September this year.)
To register for pre-release allocations of our 2014 GRU Gruner Veltliner and for further Gruner information – please go to http://bit.ly/XUJJct