Variety: Grüner Veltliner
Region: Adelaide Hills
Vineyard: Woodlands Ridge, Kenton Valley
Soil: Sandy loam on clay
Grüner originally hails from Austria but is showing some serious promise in the Adelaide Hills (thanks to Larry and Mark of Hahndorf Hill for bringing in the clones). A combination of warm days and cool nights cause the variety to develop flavour while retaining a natural high acidity, allowing the grape to be moulded harmoniously into a range of different styles. The fruit was picked in mid-march, crushed, then left to relax overnight with the skins to gently extract flavour and build texture. Wild ferment occured in tank before being transferred to old French oak near the end of ferment. The wine was left to hibernate through the winter on lees (but no stirring), with half undergoing malolactic. It was then racked and bottled unfiltered. Bottled Dec 2016. Texture for days.