This month has been a ‘Gruner’ of a month for the cool-climate Adelaide Hills wine region. Firstly, our second vintage, the Hahndorf Hill ‘GRU’ Gruner Veltliner 2011 has finally been bottled and labelled and is now resting in our underground cellar awaiting release towards October this year.
It’s been very exciting to see how this variety has been moulded by the terroir of our region – already this young wine is exhibiting a great freshness, a fine minerality and mouthfilling textural components that one would expect from the cool vintage, the low yields that were maintained and the gravelly-slatey soil in which our Gruner is grown. Our three different clones were hand-harvested together and then fermented in stainless tanks until bone dry.
We look forward to its release which we hope to synchronise with the Adelaide Hills’ Spring Whites, Earthly Delights festival in October.
The second big ‘Gruner’ event in the Adelaide Hills this month was the release of the maiden vintage K1 Gruner Veltliner 2011. This is an exciting milestone for the region and we all hope to welcome several new producers of this variety over the next couple of years.
The K1 Gruner is a perfect example of the crisp, refreshing style of this variety with a bright golden-green colour and enticing green-apple and citrus nose. Wonderfully pure on the palate with a great anticipation of freshness. A marvellously smooth mouthfeel plus delicate flavours and spiciness that tease the palate into thinking that summer is just around the corner! Well done to the K1 team! http://www.k1.com.au/tasting/gruner-veltliner.asp
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