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2019

Grüner Veltliner

Region:

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.

Winemaking

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2019 Ö was picked in the cool of night, with 18 hours cold maceration on skins before being pressed to tank and racked to foudre, with full solids included. Wild fermentation in foudre until dry, with full malolactic fermentation. Eight months maturation on lees, 12 months total in barrique and cask.⁠

Tasting Notes

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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.