House of Ball Waipara Grüner Veltliner 2016 $29

Whole bunch pressed, barrel fermented with wild yeasts, just 470 bottles were made of this Austrian white variety that also has no free sulphur and is unfined and unfiltered, so expect a teensy haze in the bottle when pouring.   Funky and frisky, manuka honey and beeswax combine with summer wildflowers, lemon pith and all manner of […]

Steininger Langenlois Kamptal Grüner Veltliner 2016 $29

Grüner Veltliner (groo-ner felt-leener) is the signature white grape of Austria, and the Langenlois-based Steininger family have been producing it in the beautiful Kamptal Valley for generations. Incredibly brisk and bracing and bursting with Golden Delicious apple, elderflower, pure white pepper and a flick-flack of fennel on the tongue, this is a crisp, precise and […]

Jules Taylor Marlborough Gruner Veltliner 2016 $21.90

With its seductive aromas of ambrosia apple, winter cole pear, caramelized quince, custard apple and peaches, this gorgeous little groo-vee is tangy, crisp and packs a squeak of sunshine into these chilly afternoons.  Edged with a dusting of white pepper and crushed seashells, it’s an excellent local example of an Austrian native. Sip with: sweetbreads […]

Riverby Estate Marlborough Grüner Veltliner 2014 $23

You should SO make it your mission to sip Grüner Veltliner (grooner-velt-leener) this season.  Aromas of white flowers, almonds, crushed seashells and lemon lead the way to white flesh peach, soft citrus and tantalisingly textural layers on the finish. Grüner is native to Austria, it’s their signature white wine – their sauvignon blanc if you […]

Blank Canvas Marlborough Grüner Veltliner 2013 $28 ★★★★

Grüner Veltliner (grooner velt-leener) is the signature white wine of Austria, and it’s a grape that produces crisp, crunchy, dry white wines that burst with delicate florals, white peach and green apple characters.  This bony, chalky-textured newby from Marlborough has added layers of lemon and crushed oyster shell in its mix.  Lovely stuff.

Bannock Brae Marlene’s Gruner Veltliner

Bannock Brae Marlene’s Central Otago Grüner Veltliner 2015 $25 Catherine and Crawford Brown have transformed a rabbit-ruined paddock into an award-winning vineyard that’s an oeno-nirvana of pinot noir, riesling and now Grüner Veltliner (Grooner-velt-leener). Bracing layers of acidity slice apart the white nectarine, lime and seashell notes of this wine. The signature white of Austria […]

Waimea Estate Nelson Grüner Veltliner 2015

Waimea Estate Nelson Grüner Veltliner 2015 $23 ★★★★ Grüner Veltliner (groon-er velt-leener) is to Austria what sauvignon blanc is to us – but I tell you what, this snappy white wine is absolutely loving our kiwi, cool-climate environment and settling in quite nicely, Nelson being no exception.  This example has light peach, crushed shells, summer […]

Lime Rock Gruner Veltliner 2011

Lime Rock Grüner Veltliner 2011 375ml $22  The debut example from the best little winery southside of the Te Hauke swamp, and it has interesting white pepper, apple and sake-like aromas followed by green apple, fruitwax and subtle, salty notes on the finish.  A really interesting wine that is also rare as hens teeth, so […]

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