Collector Ledger Gruner Veltliner 2017
Cool soil temperatures during a wet Spring caused a delayed start to the growing season and a protracted harvest, despite warm and dry conditions during the peak of summer. The long, temperate ripening in Autumn resulted in fruit of the highest quality.
Gruner Veltliner means literally ‘green grape from the village of Veltlin in the Tirol (Austria)’. Courabyra vineyard sits on a west facing slope on deep weathered granite soils near Tumbarumba, at the foothills of the Snowy Mountains. This was the first harvest of Gruner Veltliner grapes, dry-grown on a block with East-West row orientation.
High quality grapes were hand harvested in mid-March at 11.9 Baume and whole bunch pressed oxidatively. The juice was fermented on full lees at about 18 deg C. The wine was matured briefly on lees before bottling in June 2017.
This dry style is clean on the nose with aromas of lime-leaf, white pepper, celery salt and a hint of honeysuckle. Fresh lime and nashi pear and more spicy white pepper energise the mid-palate. The finish is clean, refreshing and persistent. The Ledger Gruner Veltliner makes a great aperitif, or matches well with many South-East Asian cuisines.