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Forrest Estate The Doctors' Gruner Veltliner

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It seems Marlborough is jumping aboard the gruner veltliner train, and why not! The variety should do well over the ditch, and this one is heading in the right direction. It's quite a tropical number, with smells of apricots, honeysuckle, lemons and chopped herbs on the nose. The palate is lighter-bodied and appears to be almost off-dry in style, with a kiss of sweetness upfront, some juicy citrus flavours leading to a dry-ish, slightly spicy finish. Excellent with Thai dishes! .

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Winemaker's Notes

Grüner Veltliner (Pronounced Grew-ner Velt-lee-ner) is Austria’s signature white grape varietal and is grown in most of its wine regions. It produces wine styles ranging from dry and minerally on steep rocky hillside sites to aromatic and rich wines from deeper loess soils. The flavour profile can range through grapefruit , ripe citrus, white pepper, stone fruit, herbs and honey. We have planted our Grüner Veltliner on our Condors Bend vineyard in the centre of the Wairau Valley. These soils are classic Marlborough, free draining soils: silty/stony riverbed derived. This variety can be vigorous and needs careful tending to avoid excess crop levels; diligent shoot removal, crop thinning and leaf plucking help maintain vine balance. We hand harvested in early April, at 22-23 Brix, ripe clean fruit at 6 tonnes/ha showing good acidity and an intense aromatic profile.

Our 2011 Grüner Veltliner is our second harvest of this variety and has a lovely intensity of flavour, lively acidity and shows further promise for this variety in Marlborough. Flavours of greengage plum, lemon thyme, grapefruit and white pepper nose. Floral notes of spring flowers and citrus sorbet and just a hint of coconut abounds on the palate. It finishes, round and textured but remains dry, refreshing; the flavours linger in the palate.

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Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
One would think Gruner Veltliner would have a rosy future in NZ, and this example from Forrest Wines in Marlborough certainly lends weight to that argument. Citrus, stone fruit, spice and light herbal hints lead the charge, but the sulphides are a bit too OTT for any real enjoyment.
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Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
Well, here it is: the first of the New Zealand Gruner Veltliners, and it's a beauty. Peppered yellow fruits, some earth nuances, fine savoury fragrance - pears, apples and citrus. The palate's smooth and even, with plenty of crisp acid, sweet fragrant fruit and a brisk, fresh finish.
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