The name’s a bit of a mouthful so we just call it Gru Vee. Roll it round in your mouth - it’s an apt name.
The best way to describe Gruner Veltliner is that it’s a cool climate wine somewhere between an aromatic white and a chardonnay. One of the reasons that we’re making it is to see if there’s life after Sauvignon Blanc. The initial results suggest there might be.
Its delicately perfumed nose shows peach and floral notes with a hint of orange blossom. The stone fruit theme is carried through to the palate, where white peach and nectarine flavours are spiked with mandarin and a hint of spice on the finish. There is a great persistence of flavour in this pale lime coloured wine. A unique new offering from Jules.
Download the Gruner Veltliner 2011 tasting notes (PDF, 379 KB)
This is our second year of producing Gruner Veltliner and it is proving to be a variety that is very rewarding to work with. It continues to impress with its interesting aromatics and complex flavour profiles. The fruit was hand harvested from two small vineyards in Marlborough in early April. After chilling the fruit for 12 hours the berries were gently pressed and the juice cold settled for 48hrs. A long, cool fermentation with selected yeast strains was used to retain the vibrant aromatics.