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Grüner Veltliner 2018

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Planted in 2007 on our Seneca Estate vineyards by 3rd generation Fred Frank, he became a fan of Gruner Veltlier while studying at Geisenheim in the early 1980s.

Herbaceous on the nose with grassy notes paired with candied lemon zest, bright citrus, crisp red apple, light stone fruit and a dominate undertone of slate and mineral aromas. The mouthfeel is rounder and softer than the previous vintage offering a wine with more body suitable to pairing with heavier dishes.

Pair with Asparagus (Grilled), Cheese (Blue, Rich or Stinky), Pork (Grilled, Fried), Scallops (Sauteed), Sushi, Thai Cuisine.
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Wine Specs

Vintage 2018
ACID 5.9 g/L
Varietal Gruner Veltliner
PH 3.56
Residual sugar 4.8 g/L
AGING Unoaked. 5 Months Lees Aging.
Alcohol % 12.4

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TASTING NOTES

Herbaceous on the nose with grassy notes paired with candied lemon zest, bright citrus, crisp red apple, light stone fruit and a dominate undertone of slate and mineral aromas. The mouthfeel is rounder and softer than the previous vintage offering a wine with more body suitable to pairing with heavier dishes.


VINEYARD NOTES

Grüner Veltliner was first planted in 2007 by 3rd generation Fred Frank. Fred became a fan of Grüner Veltliner while studying at Germany’s Geisenheim Institute in the early 1980s. Our Seneca estate vineyard is located in Hector, New York, in the warmest mesoclimate in the Finger Lakes known as the ‘Banana Belt’. Temperatures here are a few degrees warmer than Keuka Lake with more sun exposure thus providing a longer growing season and riper fruit notes. Soils on Seneca are characterized by deep honeoye silt loam.


WINEMAKER NOTES

The 2018 vintage showed how much weather conditions can change during the growing season. Budbreak and flowering were a bit late, beginning in June. July recorded some of the hottest and driest days in the Finger Lakes, perfect conditions for ripening. Several weeks of rain in September forced us to be very selective in the vineyard. Several tries through the vineyard dropping poor fruit before harvesting only the best quality bunches. Harvest finished earlier than normal.


VINEYARD

100% Seneca Estate.

VINIFICATION

De-Stemmed. Direct Press. Pneumatic Press.

VESSEL

Stainless Steel. Temperature Controlled.

FERMENTATION

Traditional. No Malolactic Fermentation.

ÉLEVAGE

Unoaked. 5 Months Lees Aging.

ACCOLADES

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