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Grüner Veltliner


Adelaide Hills

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Oh, boy... Where do we start to explain our reasoning behind Ö?

For starters, it’s pronounced ‘oeh’, a noise that sounds halfway between an exclamation of pain and frustration. Secondly, it’s German, a language that can cause pain and frustration to those trying to learn it. And finally, it’s similar to a sound made by Alpha Box & Dice Head Winemaker, Sam Berketa, when a wayward ski sliced his throat while holidaying in the Austrian alps. Luckily, Sam survived, bringing home a gnarly scar as a souvenir.

Ö is a premium Grüner Veltliner from Macclesfield in the Adelaide Hills, a marriage of region and variety that Sam thinks is hard to beat due to the “versatility of the grape variety and the diversity of microclimates within each subregion of the Hills”. Sam insists that Macclesfield is the perfect site for a textural Grüner Veltliner, given its modest elevation, inland location and warmer daytime temperatures that plummet at night. These elements make a wine that has both generosity and freshness and speaks to the variety’s Austrian heritage.



Machine harvested in the cool of night allowing for 18hrs of cold maceration on skins before being pressed to tank. The lees were cold settled and racked to a single new hungarian oak puncheon with the balance going into barriques for fermentation. Maturation in those same vessels occurred for 8 months with two barrels allowed to go through spontaneous MLF (roughly 20% of the finished blend).

Tasting Notes


NOSE: White stone-fruit, brioche, white pepper, dried herbs and hazelnut praline on the finish.

PALATE: Racy acidity, zesty flavours up front with a generous amount of texture and structure that carries through to the finish.

PAIR: Pork Belly, Kingfish, Thai green curry and Laksa.

CELLAR: Up to 7 years.