Blackletter was the first printing press font type, used by Johannes Gutenberg in the mid-15th century. It maintained much of the handwritten calligraphic style from the time as a feature of the new technology. A similar balance between tradition and modernity is reflected in Winemaker Sean O’Keefe’s philosophy—much of winemaking is based on traditional old world techniques, but technology has advanced the scientific side of the industry and become integral to the process.
Grüner Veltliner is an early ripener and developed a lush full flavor while maintaining acidity. Grüner is known to exhibit herbal notes, and this vintage shows white pepper, celery seed, and lemon pith. A creamy mouthfeel imparted from lees aging meets a slight astringency from the grape skins, creating an interesting texture. A reductive wine, this Grüner will benefit from decanting in order to experience the best aroma and flavor.
Grüner’s fuller body and refreshing acidity provide an opportunity to pair with heavier dishes, like traditional Austrian wiener schnitzel. Incorporating flavors like ginger, coriander, cumin, and lemon into hummus, tabouli, or baba ganoush will compliment similar flavors in the wine. Grüner is known as one of the most versatile pairing wines.
The grapes were harvested when the sugar and acid balance was correct on October 26th, 2021. The juice fermented in stainless steel tanks to start and on July 14th, 2022 it was racked into one 1200L oak Stück and one 225L oak barrique. This allowed more temperature control over fermentation to begin, maintaining zippy fresh qualities, with body and complexity building afterwards from one month in the Stück on its lees. The wine was racked, filtered, and bottled on August 11th 2022.
Grüner Veltliner has an amazing ability to age, it’s just a matter of when you want to enjoy it! We recommend drinking now through 2033.