Description: Gruner 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 2012 is the third release of our Gruner Veltliner. 'Gruner' 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 Gruner 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 Gruner has been exceptionally well received in those markets we have been able to offer very modest allocations.
The Brightwater Vineyard vines are grown 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.
The 2012 Gruner Veltliner has fleshy white peach notes, faint lemon peel and white pepper characters.
The palate is full and textural, with tropical characters and delicate floral notes.
A lingering subtle spice finish leaves a lasting impression.
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The Seifried family have been making stylish food-friendly wines since 1976. The range includes rich full Chardonnays, fine floral Rieslings, lively Sauvignon Blancs, warm plummy Pinot Noirs and intensely delicious dessert wines.
Sun and blue skies all year round, nearby mountains (often snow capped), lakes, forests and beaches, the most beautiful winemaking region in New Zealand - this is Nelson. Still frosty winters, long dry summers, cool autumn nights combined with the highest sunshine hours in New Zealand - this is Nelson.
Pristine conditions, along with specially selected north facing vineyard sites, offer a range of soils from free draining gravels to heavy alluvial clays and a climate tailor-made for growing richly varietal, elegant wines.