“I would go so far as to say that we may do to Grüner what we did to Sauvignon Blanc 30 years ago. I’m excited by what I’ve tasted to date.”
– Dr. John Forrest in Decanter magazine.
This Marlborough pioneer was among the first to plant Sauvignon Blanc on the Golden Mile (the region’s premier vineyard strip), and he agreed to send to the US a tiny (200 case) shipment of his small-batch Gruner Veltliner.
If you’ve never tried one before, Gruner Veltliner (occasionally spelled without its umlaut, as you’ll see on this label) is known by its ever-expanding fan base as ‘Gru-Vee.’ It’s native to Austria and is made in a range of styles from elegant and easy-drinking to complex, full-flavored and mineral-rich. John had a hunch that it would thrive in his Marlborough vineyards, so he began planting – with very tasty results. Here’s John on what you can expect in the glass:
“For lovers of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, who want a change in their diet, you should try the Gruner. Lovely array of fruit flavors, lemon, grapefruit, greengage plum, pineapple and a hint of springtime flowers; crisp, refreshing and dry finishing: Marlborough’s next big thing? If you’re a lover of spicy Asian cuisine, like myself, it’s proved to be a great match.”