29 Sep2011

This is one of just a handful of domestic releases of the Gruner grape and the Adelaide Hills has made a good home for this native of Austria. The Hahndorf Hill version is affectionately known as GRU which is certainly a lot easier to say than Gruner Veltliner.

It’s imbued with melon, green herbs (sage in particular) citrus and white pepper, but there’s also mandarin skin and other muted fruits demanding attention.The palate is clean and crisp with a nice mineral length, it’s got a stellar combination of fruit and acid and it makes me want to order some Asian style scallops with ginger, shallots and chilli as I’m sure this would make a perfect pairing. Even without food it’s eminently drinkable and in time honoured traditions of Hahndorf Hill releases I’ve come up with another marketing slogan to help shift this new release: ”Gru Gru, get it into you!”

Region: Adelaide Hills
Alcohol:12%
Price: $28
Source: sample

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6 Responses to “Hahndorf Hill Gruner Veltliner 2011”

  • Marc Dobson 29/09/2011

    Love that slogan – sounds like it’s from a squad of blonde cheerleaders with legs high kicking and pompoms flashing!

  • Wining Pom 29/09/2011

    Hmmm, Gruner and Pom Pom’s sounds like a great match :)

  • Sylvia 30/09/2011

    Had the Hahndorf Gruner last year. It was great. Look forward to trying the latest one.

  • Alastair Reed 30/09/2011

    I thought it was affectionately known as gru-vee or is that just in the US

  • Wining Pom 01/10/2011

    It’s great to see it getting better, even in a supposedly tough vintage like 2011.

  • Wining Pom 01/10/2011

    I think Gruvee is equally effective Alistair

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