Granite Hills Gruner Veltliner 2022
The Gruner was the first alternative white variety Llew planted over 10 years ago after learning how well it grew beside Riesling and that it adapted very well to Granite bases soils. Grafted over his Shiraz vines in the warmer southern end of the vineyard. His aim here is to bring out elements of the Gewurztraminer characters with more aromatics while also striving for soft acidity. Llew notes that a big reason why wines like Gruner go so well with Asian cuisine is the lower acidity. He always keeps this in mind each year. The vines produce quite big bunches but he is always careful not to overcrop. Similar production to the Rieslings, cool ferments, small amount of whole bunch, no added acid. He has also grafted over some of his Cabernet with a Handorf Hill clone as the demand for Gruner grows more and more each year.
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