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"The Groover" Gisborne Gruner Veltliner 2011
Floral and fleshy, it is a mouthfilling wine with dryish peachy flavours, fresh and strong, hints of pineapples and spices, gentle acidity and a well-rounded finish.
Our 2011 Grüner Veltliner is sourced from Paul and Jenny Tietjen’s Kawatiri Vineyard in Gisborne.It was rapidly dubbed "The Groover" after it became clear that our skills in Germanic pronunciation were lacking! Vintage 2011 was one of the most challenging on record and Paul and Jenny worked tirelessly in the vineyard to ensure that only the best fruit was harvested. The fruit was trucked to Auckland for whole bunch pressing and vinification and aging in tank. As always, we have kept our inputs to a minimum so that GV’s exotic aromas and flavours shine through.
At bottling the wine was very pale with light green tints. With time we expect that it will develop hints of pale gold.
It’s hard to put a finger on descriptors for our Grüner Veltliner. It has the white pepper character we expected along with hints of ginger. This is backed by lees derived aromas and a strong thread of flinty minerality.
A medium bodied wine with lovely texture and mouthfeel. It is precise and focused with a long linear finish.
2 - 4 years from vintage seems about right.
Internationally regarded as one of the great food wines, Grüner Veltliner is perfect with seafood and salads. Some of us think it is an even better accompaniment to oysters than Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc!
Independent Reviewer’s Comment
“Floral and fleshy, it is a mouthfilling wine with dryish peachy flavours, fresh and strong, hints of pineapples and spices, gentle acidity and a well-rounded finish.” MC
Winestate Magazine, 2013
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