Grüner Veltliner is the most planted grape variety in Austria but also grown widely in Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. We just like saying the name!
In 2017, we grafted Grüner Veltliner on part of our Isolation Ridge Vineyard on a leaner, rockier patch at the top of the ridge. Hunter had noted that where it grew best in the world the soils were a little drier and leaner. Grüner likes it a bit mean - otherwise it can crop at quite high levels.
Hunter first fell in love with this grape variety back in 2000, when he did vintage with the famed Austrian producer Salomon Undhof, one of the oldest privately owned wineries in Austria.
On last count Frankland Estate is one of only two wineries in WA growing this variety, and the only one to do so organically, it needs a cool climate to make good wine. Grown elsewhere in Canberra and the Adelaide Hills in Australia, we find it suits our climate and is a good cellar companion for our Rieslings. Traditionally made in a lean austere way but we thought some of the best in the world have a bit more weight and texture (like our Rieslings).
Grüner tastes like if Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio had a baby! Ours is medium bodied, aromas of pear, stone fruit, citrus, white florals and the classic hints of pepper and herb edge of the variety.
This varietal is especially good with Vietnamese food, particularly summer rolls and noodle salads. A crispy Schnitzel is an obvious choice, but you could happily drink Grüner with fish and chips or even fried chicken. Fresh cheeses like goats cheese, young pecorino or mozzarella are also great matches.
It's a style of wine that was all the rage in the wine bars in New York, known as "Groovy" by the trendy crowd. There's not a lot of Grüner Veltliner planted in Australia, but where this native Austrian white varietal is small in numbers, it's big in flavour impact! This is the second release of our organic Grüner Veltliner and it's one that you'll need to act on quickly as we are down to the last stocks of this small-batch wine.
"The Riesling experts at Frankland Estate’s take on Grüner but in very limited quantities (one barrel, in this case). A hedonistic version as a result of barrel fermentation: charcuterie and cruciferous vegetable notes with herbs, citrus, blossom and graphite. Quietly mind-blowing."
Dom Sweeney, Gourmet Traveller WINE February 2022