2015 Whitehaven Marlborough Grüner Veltliner
Colour / Appearance: Light straw, with a star-bright quality.
Aroma / Bouquet: Lifted honeysuckle, grapefruit and peach fruit flavours, with hints of pepper, lemon sherbet and ginger spice.
Palate: A medium-bodied wine with a soft, supple texture and an abundance of aromatic and spice flavours which persist on the lengthy, clean finish.
Cellaring: Ready to enjoy now or within three years of vintage.
Food Match: Will pair well with lightly spiced Asian cuisine, grilled asparagus or artichokes.
Serve: Lightly chilled.
- 5 STARS / TOP 10 - Wine Orbit - Sam Kim 5 Stars (93 points) Wine Orbit
Alcohol: 13.5 %
Residual Sugar: 4.7 g/L
Titratable Acidity: 4.5 g/L
Harvest Date: 4 April 2015.
Climate: The season started with a very dry, late winter and early spring. Whilst the temperatures were similar to the long term average, they varied greatly, with a number of warm days followed by cold spells. Colder conditions over flowering resulted in average yields. In late December, the climate became very warm and dry; ideal conditions for ripening. This fine weather continued over harvest, meaning the grapes could be picked at ideal ripeness, with intense flavours.
Vine Management: The vines were pruned to two canes, with vertical shoot positioning. Balanced pruning, shoot thinning, wire lifting and trimming, ensured favourable canopy conditions.
Winemaking: The fruit was machine harvested in the cool morning conditions and gently pressed. After settling and clarification, the juice was fermented at very low temperature, with a select yeast strain to retain the fruit’s varietal flavours. The wine was stirred on lees to aid mouthfeel and texture.
Winemaker: Sam Smail and Diana Katardzhieva