Grüner Veltliner is described by winemaker Jules Taylor as 'the illegitimate lovechild of Pinot Gris and Riesling'. A single-vineyard wine, grown in the Wairau Valley, the impressive 2021 vintage (5*) was handled in a mix of tanks and barrels. Pale lemon/green, it is very fresh and vigorous, with intense, peachy, slightly spicy flavours, showing a distinct touch of complexity, and a dry (1.6 grams/litre of residual sugar), lingering finish. A wine with obvious cellaring potential, it should break into full stride 2023+.
Type: White Wines
Variety: Grüner Veltliner
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★✰ – 4.5 Stars
Price: $25 NZD
Value for Money: V+
When to drink: 2023
Vintage: 2021; Winemaker’s Rating: 5/7; When to Drink: 22 – 24
Vintage: 2020; Winemaker’s Rating: 5/7; When to Drink: 22 – 24
Notes: WR provided by wineries. P = Peaked.
Reviewed March 2022