The growing season, summer 2011-2012 was very cloudy for Nelson, with many records broken. It was the wettest summer on record, and an almighty rain event in December combined with cool temperatures made for a worrying time going into harvest. Would we get enough warm weather in autumn that we needed to fully ripen our grapes? To our great relief April was characterized by frequent highs resulting in very dry
and sunny conditions. April sunshine hours being the highest on record for our region and fantastic afternoon maximum temperatures meant full ripeness was at last achieved.
This is our third harvest of Grüner Veltliner. The grapes coming from a very small piece of our Annabrook vineyard, the Railway Reserve, a narrow stretch of land – only 3 rows of vines wide that was originally a Railway track.
On 18th April the grapes for this wine were harvested very early in the morning, the fruit icy cold when it arrived at the winery for processing. An early press cut was taken so to only have the crispest portion of this juice. Once the solids had settled out the clarified juice was racked off and inoculated for ferment. An Austrian yeast strain was chosen for its ability to enhance varietal characters and ferment temperatures were kept cool to help preserve these. The ferment was halted just shy of bone dry and when the wine seemed to fall into balance. The wine then spent a short time on yeast lees before being readied for bottling with the minimum intervention.
The nose of this wine has alluring florals, cardomon and baked white nectarines slathered in vanilla custard! The palate is at once fleshy and savoury, overlaid with characters seen on the nose. On the finish minerality, spice and a splosh of seawater intertwine creating a long and interesting finish. An excellent and versatile food wine – particularly good with fresh oysters - experiment and enjoy!
Varietal: 100% Grüner Veltliner
Res Sugar: 4g/L
Raymond Chan ****
The third harvest of Gruner Veltliner from the ‘Railway Reserve’ section of the ‘Annabrook’ vineyard, cool-fermented in tank to 13.5% alc. and 4 g/L rs, the wine given a short period on lees. Full straw-yellow colour with light hints of gold. This has a concentrated nose of yellow stonefruits infused with fennel-like aromas, herbs and minerals. The expression is pure with a deep core, and opens with building volume in the glass. Dry to taste, well-defined and lush flavours of herbs and white pepper are enhanced by stonefruit notes. The textures are waxy and near-unctuous, and provide good palate weight and mouthfeel. The phenolics are well-managed, with a fine linear thread balanced by lacy, slippery acidity. A little positive alcoholic drive is noticeable, and this contributes in carrying the flavours effortlessly to a dry, lingering finish. This is a well-defined Gruner Veltliner with clear fruit, good mouthfeel and presence. Match with seafood and poultry over the next 3-4 years.
Silver - Decanter World Wine Awards 2013
Pure Gold - Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012