McKee Vineyard, Marlborough Grüner Veltliner, 2018
This Grüner Veltliner has delicate aromas of orange blossom and citrus blended with hints of sweet floral honeysuckle. A lovely full mouth feel with green apple, lemon peel, white peach and subtle peppery spice notes. Clean and crisp with a long dry finish.
Meet the maker: Tinpot Hut
Region: Blind River, Awatere Valley, Marlborough – New Zealand
Grape(s): Grüner Veltliner (100%)
13% ABV / 750ml / Vegetarian
Winemakers Matt Thomson and Fiona Turner were looking for a cool climate variety with striking aromatic qualities supported by firm acid structure to add to the Tinpot Hut range.
They soon saw the potential for Grüner Veltliner in Marlborough and convinced two local growers to plant a few rows.
The grapes for this single vineyard wine were grown by the McKee family in the Blind River sub-region of the Awatere Valley.
Careful vineyard management during the growing season ensured the grapes were kept in balance to allow even and optimal ripening.
Once the flavours of the grapes reached their peak, whole bunches were hand-picked to minimise phenolics from the skins.
Precise press-cuts ensured that only the less phenolic free run juice was used in the finished wine.
After settling, the juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures to retain fruit character and freshness.