• 3 Stars: Winestate Magazine July/August 2016, NZ
• Silver: International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014, UK
• Silver: AWC Vienna 2015, Austria
• Silver: Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2015, NZ
Vineyard: Seifried Brightwater & Edens Road Vineyards
Sugar at Harvest: 21.3°Brix
Date of Harvest: 12 April 2014
pH of Wine: 3.20
T.A of Wine: 5.7g/L
Residual Sugar: 10.54g/L
The Brightwater & Edens Road Vineyards are in an extremely stony area of the vineyard where water and nutrient levels are low. This helps us to restrict the plants vigour and to crop at low levels. To further enhance the aromatics, leaves were removed to allow light penetration and air movement around the fruiting zone. Our Brightwater vineyard is situated 15km from the coast and is sheltered from the south by the Richmond Ranges. The "soil" is a combination of rocks and boulders, which is very hard on the farm equipment, but vital for holding the warmth of Nelson's sun, and ripening the Grüner Veltliner fruit.
The 2014 is the fifth release of our Grüner Veltliner. “Grüner” is the most widely planted white grape variety in Austria which is Hermann Seifried’s homeland. We were over the moon to finally be able to grow Grüner Veltliner here in New Zealand after it had passed through the long quarantine process. In 2008 we chose our Brightwater Vineyard to plant a small area of these very special vines. Our Grüner has been exceptionally well received in those markets we have been able to offer very modest allocations.
The 2014 vintage Grüner Veltliner includes a small portion of fruit from our Edens Road vines - this is their first crop and the fruit is looking very promising.
Grüner Veltliner is the famous aromatic grape variety from Austria. Our New Zealand version takes advantage of our very agreeable growing conditions for this grape.
The 2014 Grüner Veltliner is fine and gently structured. The nose has delicate floral notes and mellow stone fruit elements. Palate entry is very enticing with white pepper notes and summer stone fruits. The finish is off dry and well proportioned with smooth phenolics and lovely fruit on the palate.