Hahndorf Hill Winery
Last month a Gruner Growers Group (GGG) meeting was held at Hahndorf Hill cellar door. The main purpose of the meeting was to taste some examples from top Austrian Gruner producers and also to review all the Gruners produced from the 2015 Adelaide Hills vintage.
I can happily report that it was a long and interesting morning. After tasting the flight of seven imported wines, we then proceeded to sniff and swirl our way through no less than 21 examples of Adelaide Hills Gruner Veltliners.
There are now 17 Gruner producers who make wine from Adelaide Hills fruit, with several making more than one style – hence the 21 wines.
It is very gratifying to see how this variety has evolved and expanded in the Adelaide Hills with so many excellent examples of different styles of this wine.
Within six years of this variety being introduced to the region, there is now far more acreage of Gruner V planted in the Adelaide Hills than in the rest of Australia combined. It is also now the most planted of the so-called white alternative grape varieties in our region, with the exception of Viognier (which has been around since the late 1980’s). As a consequence of this, the Adelaide Hills wine show is now the first regional wine show in Australia to have a dedicated Gruner Veltliner category included in its schedule.
List of Austrian wines tasted:
Weingut Am Berg Kellerberg Grüner Veltliner 2014 – (12.5% alc) – Kamptal region
Weingut Bründlmayer Berg Vogelsang Grüner Veltliner 2013 – (12.5% alc) – Kamptal region
Jurtschitsch Lamm Grüner Veltliner Kamptal Reserve – (13.5% alc) – Kamptal region
Weingut Hirtl Kirchberg Grüner Veltliner 2014 – (12.5% alc) – Weinvertel region
Weingut Knoll Loibner Grüner Veltliner Steinfeder 2014 (11.0% alc) – Wachau region
Weingut Franz Hirtzberger Honivogl Gruner Veltliner Smaragd 2014 (13.5% alc) – Wachau region
Weingut Bründlmayer Vincent Spiegel Reserve Gruner Veltliner 2013 (13.5% alc) – Kamptal region
Current list of Gruner producers who use Adelaide Hills grown fruit:
Alan & Veitch http://www.robertjohnsonvineyards.com.au
By Jingo http://byjingowines.com
Catlin Wines http://www.catlinwines.com.au
CRFT wines http://www.crftwines.com.au
Hahndorf Hill Winery http://www.hahndorfhillwinery.com.au
Henschke Wines https://henschke.com.au
K1 Wines / Handcrafted by Geoff Hardy http://www.winesbygeoffhardy.com.au
Longview Vineyard http://www.longviewvineyard.com.au
Main & Cherry http://mainandcherry.com.au
Mt Bera http://mtberavineyards.com.au
Nova Vita http://www.novavitawines.com.au
Pike & Joyce https://www.pikeandjoyce.com.au
Smidge Wines http://www.smidgewines.com
The Pawn Wine Co. http://www.thepawn.com.au
Tomich Wines http://www.tomichhill.com.au