2023 CRFT The K1 Gruner Veltliner

CRFT |Adelaide Hills |Gruner Veltliner
Cloudy, charismatic Gruner Veltliner from the Adelaide Hills.

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Candice and Frewin have a particular fascination with Gruner Veltliner, and are probably the first Australian producer to explore 'sub-regionality' with the variety.

This comes from Geoff Hardy's famed K1 Vineyard in the Adelaide Hills, and is a wonderfully pure and pristine expression of Gruner, though it will show slightly cloudy in the glass. It's early-picked and definitely a wine driven by acid and refreshment rather than overt flavour. Aside from a small amount of lees contact to add texture, the focus here is on clean and pure fruit.

As always with CRFT's wines, there is precious little added and it is vegan-friendly. Gruner is a grape excelling in the Adelaide Hills, and no one executes it with more thought and care than CRFT. Give it a go!

The Wine
Grape vines in their youth battle for their place on the earth. Water, soil and sun is hotly contested until they each establish their territory. Young vines can often be overly ambitious and unbalanced, but as come of age, their canopies fill out, bunches become consistent and vineyard flavour becomes more distinct.

The K1 vineyard is home to one of the oldest plantings of Grüner In the country, whilst 2008 may seem recent, these are old vines In an Australian Grüner context. The wine has a confidence, strength and power that only comes from wine grown from a well establish vineyard. The colour is bright green with a touch of shiny gold. Limes, nectar and floral honey on the nose lead to a full rich palate of vanilla, short bread and the white bit of a strawberry.

Drink 2022 to 2030+
Serve 9-11C, cooler in warm weather
13.0% alc/vol

Harvested on 31st March and hand-made at CRFT Carey Gully winery.
Whole-bunch pressed to tank to begin full solids wild ferment.
Part-way through ferment half of the batch was transferred into oak for full solids wild fermentation in older seasoned (neutral) French barriques.
The balance was wild fermented on full solids in tank.
100% wild yeast ferment.
Partial wild MLF.
Occasional lees stirring. 2 months in oak.
Bottled July 2023.
Vegan friendly.

K1 Vineyard
Vineyard: Owned and farmed by Geoff Hardy
Location: Kaurna + Peramangk Country – Kuitpo – Adelaide Hills
Elevation: 300 to 320m
Aspect: North West facing
Planted: 2008 (grafted)
Clone: EliteMap: -35.226406,138.668736
Soil: Rocky, flinty ground with ironstone and sandstone, and orange clay loam.

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