Winemaking: Whole bunch pressed to extract the purest Chardonnay juice then fermented on some light solids which lend weight, texture and ultimately complexity. Some of the individual clones only in barrel for fermentation before transfer to stainless steel tank to keep the wine bright and focused. For this reason no malolactic fermentation was initiated either. Only French oak is used with 20% being new barrels, the balance a mixture of older barrels, maturation time only 9 months before bottling.
Enjoy now or allow to mature with careful cellaring for up to 5 years
Tasting notes: Our GRU Gruner Veltliner was rated the best Gruner Veltliner in the world outside of Austria in the 2013 International Gruner Veltliner Tasting held by Falstaff magazine in Vienna. Now try the equally beautiful 2016 GRU! This frisky beauty has an enticing nose of citrus, nectarine and spice with a wonderfully vibrant palate of stone fruit, grapefruit and an unctuous citrus core that is offset by a long, slatey mineral tail and the all-important gentle rub of texture. Perfectly matched with all Asian cuisine, white meats, sea-foods and vegetarian dishes. But most excitingly, here is the ultimate white wine that will match perfectly with your favourite rare sirloin steak!
Gruner Veltliner is a variety that ages well and this wine should develop splendidly for between 7 - 10 years.
pH: 3.09 - TA: 6.7g/L - Residual sugar: 1.98g/L - Alcohol: 12.0%
Serve 8-10° C.
At Hahndorf Hill we are on a journey to introduce into Australia the wonderful, food-friendly grape varieties of Austria.
Our boutique vineyard is located at the edge of the historic, German-heritage village of Hahndorf in the beautiful Adelaide Hills of South Australia.
Here we are growing and pioneering the Austrian grape varieties of Blaufrankisch, Gruner Veltliner, Zweigelt and St Laurent.
We also produce the cool-climate classics for which the Adelaide Hills wine region is renowned - Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Shiraz and fresh, dry Rosé.
At Hahndorf Hill we are passionate about Austrian varieties and are pioneering Blaufrankisch, Gruner Veltliner, Zweigelt and Saint Laurent in Australia.
It is our familiarity with Blaufrankisch, which has grown at Hahndorf Hill for over 25 years, that led us ultimately to its exciting white counterpart - Gruner Veltliner.
Having been unable to source healthy Gruner plant material in Australia, we managed in 2006 to import three different clones directly from Austria, which passed successfully through the quarantine system. Then in 2009 we imported a further three clones/clonal selections from Austria, making a total of six clones of Gruner that we have planted in our vineyard.
In 2010 we released our debut vintage - which we affectionately named GRU. This was the first production of Gruner in South Australia (and the second within Australia, the first being Lark Hill, a year earlier, in the Canberra wine region).
GRU becomes a hit
After six vintages our GRU continues to be enthusiastically received by the wine critics, who applaud its fresh feel and varietal authenticity.
In The Sydney Morning Herald, Huon Hooke wrote of our debut vintage: 'I was shocked by how authentic an Adelaide Hills gruner veltliner tasted. It's a strikingly close replica of the Austrian model.'
The Hahndorf Hill GRU has also been making waves on the international stage. Austria's influential Falstaff magazine rated our 2012 GRU as the best Gruner Veltliner outside of Austria in its 2013 International Gruner Veltliner Tasting. (Our GRU topped 28 other Gruners from Europe, USA, New Zealand and Australia.) For the full results, click here.
In 2013 we produced two additional styles of Gruner Veltliner - our debut GRU 2 (an opulent style) and our debut White Mischief Gruner Veltliner (a fruit-driven, less dry style). In 2016 we produced our fourth style of Gruner - a luscious, late-harvest version called Green Angel.
Gruner's new home
Gruner Veltliner may be new to Australia, yet we believe the Adelaide Hills offers the perfect climatic terroir for this grape. The Adelaide Hills is unique amongst the wine growing regions of Australia in that it offers the magical combination of one of the coolest mean January temperatures together with one of the biggest diurnal variations in temperature. Our cool-climate credentials, therefore, do not derive from particularly cool days in summer - but rather as a consequence of our especially cold nights in summer.
These climatic conditions are virtually identical to the growing conditions in the premier Gruner Veltliner regions of Lower Austria. On a research visit to Austria's Gruner winelands, the producers all emphasised to us that this diurnal variation is an essential ingredient for quality Gruner production. For more information on the importance of the summer diurnal variations in the Adelaide Hills wine region, please click here.
The complex mix of loamy topsoils generously mixed with red-blue slate and quartz at our Hahndorf vineyard helps underpin the great minerality for which this variety is famous.
Gruner Veltliner Project
In 2009 we initiated - together with the Adelaide Hills Vine Improvement association - a Gruner Veltliner project known as the Gruner Growers Group (GGG) whereby our clonal material was made available to other growers in our region. This was to encourage growers who were keen to access quality Gruner plant material, and also to facilitate the Adelaide Hills' effort to become the premier Gruner producing region in Australia. The Group meets regularly to evaluate the styles of Gruner emerging from our region, to swap information involved in the viticultural and winemaking processes, and to develop a unified marketing strategy for this exciting variety in our region.
As a consequence, the Adelaide Hills now has the largest concentration of Gruner vines in Australia, with more plantings than the rest of Australia combined, and vintage 2016 will emerge with at least 25 Gruner Veltliner labels from our region. We are excited to be pioneering and developing Gruner in the Adelaide Hills!
Wines by KT are small, lovingly cared for parcels of fruit that utilise traditional techniques in their creation. I’m passionate about the township of Watervale 5452 and am working with dry grown, sustainably farmed vineyards in the area. With gentle care from grapegrower to winemaker, working with both organic and biodynamic principles, it’s my intention to produce wines with drinkability and personality.
5452 by KT is sourced from both the peglidis vineyard and churinga vineyard riesling. This dry Riesling and its zesty fruit flavour, shows varietal citrus and punchy fruit characters with a crisp finish.
Sealed with a screwcap to ensure integrity of product, you can be confident that this wine will continue to reward you with careful cellaring.
A simple wine for good times, sitting aside from the typical bright fruit bowl aromas this grape variety is known for - and instead opting for a more savoury, herbaceous style with a hint of texture providing interest and tactility.
Our Pinot Grigio is regularly well rated. Now try the 2017 version! Always made in the fresh Italian style, this wine has an enticing nose of ripe Bosc pear and crushed green apple skin. The palate manages to be both unctuous yet lively, with a core of delicious soft fruit surrounded by a bracing freshness and a long textural and mineral tail. Enjoy this wine during the sizzling days and long, hot nights of summer! Pair with all things vegetarian, your favourite seafood dish, and all white meats. This Pinot Grigio will age well for 4 - 6 years.
Citrus and passionfruit nose with white stone fruit and a delightful light creaminess with the palate fresh and enticing on entry with citrus and light tropical notes. Mid palate shows wonderful depth of flavour from partial barrel fermentation in French Barriques. Finishing with great length and crisp acidity.
The intention with Minnow Creek is to maintain the goal of sourcing the best parcels of fruit in order to craft wines which continue to reflect the full flavoured generosity for which McLaren Vale is justifiably renowned.
Small scale winemaking allows Minnow Creek to assert complete control over the winemaking process from picking through to bottling, in order to provide Minnow Creek customers with the truest expression of the Vales regional flavours.
John and Eithne Lagan arrived at Margaret River in 1968, first planting their vineyard in 1977. The Lagans planted the first vines in what is now one of the region’s oldest vineyards. They named their vineyard Xanadu after the poem Kubla Khan by the romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.