KÜHL Gruner Veltliner 2018

KÜHL Gruner Veltliner 2018

$26.00

Longview is one of the first vineyards in Australia to plant Grüner Veltliner.

KÜHL – the German word for cool – is named to reflect the cool-climate of the Adelaide Hills and Longview’s progressive ethos.

A remarkably versatile variety, Grüner can be made young and light or rich and unctuous. Our KÜHL lands somewhere in the middle. Initial aromas of grapefruit and celery progress to a palate of spicy radish and golden delicious apple, with crunchy acidity and white pepper overtones.

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The wine has a brilliant clarity and pale straw colour. Aromatics of fresh citrus, white pepper and a hint of juniper burst out of the glass. The palate is dry and spicy with a textural, lingering finish of radish and green pear, underpinned with a lovely crunchy refreshing acidity.

Spring rainfall was slightly below average and provided ideal conditions for the flowering period. Further dry conditions through early summer helped us control vine vigour resulting in balanced canopies. From veraison through to harvest, the weather was ideal with minimal moisture and cool nights resulting in exceptional fruit flavour development and acid retention. The fruit was harvested the morning of March 1.
Longview Vineyard is planted to three different Gruner Veltliner clones (HHW 2, HHW 3 and Iby) all on own roots and sourced from Austria. Now 9 years old we are noticing fantastic fruit quality across the board with well controlled vigour.
The Gruner was hand-harvested based on flavour then crushed, destemmed and must-chilled to 3 deg. before gentle airbag pressing. Free run and pressings fractions were separated with only free run used for Kuhl. Ferment was kept at sub-10 degrees C, with some lees returned to the clarified juice to accentuate the mid palate richness of the variety. It was then fermented to dryness and bottled immediately to preserve freshness.

2018 Longview Kuhl Gruner Veltliner

93 Points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front “Tasted back in July, and it had only just been bottled. Likely better again now. White pepper, daikon, green pear, etc. Nic and dry, savoury, almost umami, root vegetables, some green herb, but fruit is there too, albeit in a more racy style. Bright finish. Classy.”

Max Allen “At this stage of its life this is bursting out of the glass with fresh citrus aromatics and a hint of juniper. On the tongue it’s all crunchy green pear and a lick of grippy dryness that makes you suddenly crave a plate of rice paper rolls.”

2017 Longview Kuhl Gruner Veltliner

Larry Jacobs – “Ethereal, like a galaxy of crushed stars, it danced across the palate and stimulated every corner of the mouth in a sensual, textural tango, leaving behind the gentle promise of grapefruit, root vegetable and crab apple. It’s available at the cellar door and local fine wine outlets.”

Silver Medal – Royal Queensland Wine Show 2018

94 Points – Campbell Mattinson. “I don’t have any of the finer details but it’s a terrific wine. Texture, flavour, aroma and then some. The word gravitas springs to mind and yet it’s frisky and perfumed too. Indeed one sip and I was: bang, that’s a gold medal wine. Wish there were all easy like this. Fennel flying through florals. Character abounds. All over this at the price.”

Rating 17.75/20 – Regan Drew. “KUHL this release has jumped the stated alcohol up, making the nose far more fruit driven than the 2016, but no less exciting. Still with spicy pepper, fennel and earthy green leaves supporting pears, grapefruit skin and white florals, it appears intense and serious. A little palate weight with white minerally rocks, yet expressive pure fruit that simply just is. The finish is tight, linear and pin point focused. It offers no pretense, this wine is already comfortable in its own skin. A flagship Gruner from the Adelaide Hills.

Gold Medal – 2017 Adelaide Hills Wine Show

Gold Medal – 2017 Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show

Bronze Medal – 2017 Royal Adelaide Wine Show

Bronze Medal – 2017 Perth Royal Wine Show

Blend Gruner Veltliner (100%)
Alcohol 12.5%
Residual Sugar 0.5 g/L
pH 3.46
Total Acidity 5.1 g/L

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