The Paddler Gruner Veltliner 2012
The Paddler is a wine label dedicated to crafting unusual, cutting-edge wines launched by Matt Thomson. As well as being a winemaker that Liberty works with very closely, he is also a top-level competitor in the sport of marathon kayaking...The Paddler embodies Matt’s philosophy of high-quality winemaking, and enables him the flexibility to produce wine that has a point of difference
Gruner Veltliner, endemic to Austria, is a very new grape variety in New Zealand. In fact The Paddler Gruner Veltliner 2010 is one of the first of its kind to be produced in the country. While plantings remain comparatively minute, it shows promise as a serious contender for the Marlborough region. The Paddler Gruner Veltliner vineyard is located in Rapaura, Marlborough and is managed by grower Malcolm Adams. These first crop vines produced fruit of exceptional quality. The free-draining alluvial soil had a significant part to play. As the vines age, the fruit quality will only get better.
Hand-picked on the 23rd April 2010, the last of all varieties to be picked, the Gruner Veltliner was destemmed and crushed, pressed and then press-cut. The pressings were then handled oxidatively. The wine was cool-fermented, with one-third fermenting in seasoned oak and the balance going to stainless steel tank. The wine was then recombined and bottled.
Pale straw in colour, the 2010 has an enthralling aromatic nose of citrus peel, mandarin, and subtle white floral notes. On the palate well-balanced natural acidity amplifies the citrus and mineral characters and a unique heat from a typically varietal white pepper character is appreciably distinctive. It has great length with a rich, vibrant mouthfeel.