The Doctors' Grüner Veltliner Profile
Grüner Veltliner (Pronounced Grew-ner Velt-lee-ner) is Austria's signature white grape varietal and is grown in most of its wine regions. It produces wine styles ranging from dry and minerally on steep rocky hillside sites to aromatic and rich wines from deeper loess soils.
The flavour profile can range through grapefruit, ripe citrus, white pepper, stone fruit, herbs and honey. We have planted our Grüner Veltliner on our Condors Bend vineyard in the centre of the Wairau Valley. These soils are classic Marlborough, free draining soils: silty/stony riverbed derived. This variety can be vigorous and needs careful tending to avoid excess crop levels; diligent shoot removal, crop thinning and leaf plucking help maintain vine balance.
For lovers of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, who want a change in their diet, you should try the Gruner. Lovely array of fruit flavours, lemon, grapefruit, greengage plum, pineapple and a hint of springtime flowers; crisp, refreshing and dry finishing: Marlborough's next big thing? If you're a lover of spicy Asian cuisine, like myself, it's proved to be a great match.