Grüner’s naturally at home in Austria, while here in Australia it likes cooler regions such as the Adelaide Hills, Tasmania and in this example: Tumbarumba. The fruit grown at 750 metres above sea level on the Coplabella vineyard.
I first saw the wine in May, 2020 and now another opportunity 5 months later.
Nick Spencer Wines, Grüner Veltliner, Tumbarumba, 2019
First tasting: May, 2020
Pithy lemon and lime citrus, white nectarine, spicier peppery rocket/arugula notes, a touch of apple skin with a sharp yet cooling, earthy stone element. Grüner can carry a little more heft than its other aromatic cousins, but here we’ve got a fine, linear expression. Tight lines with bright acidity stepping neatly and a handsome texture that is more than capable of matching a schnitzel as well more delicate seafood dishes.
Rating: 17.75/20 (91/100)
Second tasting: November, 2020
Even after only a few extra months in bottle, lemon/lime citrus is richer, the nectarine skin deeper and that peppery green spice more in focus. Apple has turned to pear. Now offering a little more generosity of palate as it rows into its skin, while the sharpness and contrast is high and the acidity still on point. In a great place now.
Rating: 18.25/20 (93/100)
Wine self purchased. See Nick Spencer Wines