Mount Macleod Gruner Veltliner 2020
The 2019/20 season was dogged with challenges including extreme heat, smoke and then rain and cold weather at harvest. We even had a wombat try and move into row 16! The resilience of this variety in the face of all of this was staggering. The fruit was picked early – at around 10 Baume. The aim with this early pick was to lock in all the fresh aromas that were appearing but also to ensure these young vines were not pushed too hard in a season that was running out of luck.
Pale clear with a green tinge
The nose is fine, delicate and pure with aromas of Nashi pear, celery, parsnip and citrus blossom .
The palate shows crunchy, fresh acidity interweaving with aromas of lime pulp – leaving the mouth feeling clean and recharged.
The wine making was kept extremely simple. The whole bunches were loaded into the press and the fruit was partially juiced such that the fruit sat soaking for six or so hours. The fruit was then lightly pressed. The juice was settled over two days to get very clean juice and after racking, was innoculated with a pied cuve we had running since harvest. The ferments were run in small stainless vessels to ensure lower temperatures. Towards the end of ferment, the wines were racked to ensure that only the cleanest lees remained. The wine as then lightly sulphured and aged on lees for five months prior to bottling without fining or filtration.
Price per 6 pack