Grüner Veltliner 2019
Dr. Frank Winery
Region: New York

91-Decanter; 90-Wine Align
Tasting Notes

Varietally on point, this beautiful expression of “Gruvey” offers aromas of ripe pear, honeysuckle, white flowers and white pepper. On the palate, the pear comes through, with notes of nectarine and minerality. There’s a touch of leesiness to add complexity, leading to a crisp, acid-driven finish. Try this with roast chicken, pork hocks with Spätzle or alongside some mussels in white wine and garlic.

Grüner Veltliner is the signature grape of Austria and by far the nation’s most widely planted wine grape. Classic Grüner shows citrus aromas (lemon peel and grapefruit) complemented by stone fruit and fresh vegetal notes and the variety’s trademark hint of white pepper. It has become increasingly popular in the New World and New York state versions are similar stylistically to their Austrian counterparts, but frequently with even more intense aromatics.

The Finger Lakes region of New York State is an exciting, emerging area for cool climate wines of freshness and elegance. Despite its relative anonymity, it is a region that has been around for some time. Less than a 5 hour drive from both Toronto and New York City, this bucolic area is now home to over 160 wineries. Grapes here range from the obscure (Rkatsiteli) to the familiar (Riesling) and plenty in between. Regardless of the variety, the wines all exhibit Old World freshness, bright flavours and elegant structures that are perfect accompaniments to a wide variety of foods and festivities.

Sourced primarily from the original estate Keuka Lake vineyard (plantings in ’58, ’74, ’81 and ’86) with a smaller amount of fruit coming from the Seneca Lake site. The Keuka Lake shale-based soils provide minerality and acidity. The Seneca Lake vineyards, with their silty loam soils and warm mesoclimate, add warmth and upfront fruit flavours. The slate underlying it all provides for excellent drainage.

Hand-harvested and destemmed, the grapes are fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel. There is some lees contact, in the Austrian style, that imparts complexity to the wine. Some limited bottle aging is required before release, as Grüner can often be hit with “bottle shock”.

Wine Type: White

Variety: N/A

Classification: N/A

Orientation: South to north, perpendicular to the lake

Appellation: Finger Lakes

Gradient: 5-8%

Soil: Shale in Keuka Lake and silt loam in Seneca Lake

Farming Practices: Sustainable

Residual Sugar: 5.9 g/l

Alcohol: 12.5

Malolactic: No

Botte Size: 750 ml

Acidity: 6.2 g/l

Other Practices: Sustainable