Gruner Veltliner Estate, Johan Vineyards, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2014
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Biodynamic – minimal intervention approach – Pinot Noir specialists
As the team at Johan Vineyards pointedly note on their website – “We believe Oregon is a special place to make wine and we believe in our vineyards. We admire Burgundy, but we are not French and neither are our wines.” Their wines are extremely elegant, perfectly balanced and cultivated in a biodynamic manner. This process involves the use of wild ferments and a strict minimal intervention policy that ensures wines are left in as natural a state as possible.
Along with their flagship Pinot Noir’s, which truly illustrate the potential for this famously fickle variety in the Oregon region, winemaker Dan Rinke produces a cuvée from 100% Gruner Veltliner – an unusual varietal to encounter in this part of the world. The varietal character is intense and highly unique, lending itself perfectly to the hands-off winemaking methods utilised by the winemaking team. The result is a rich and exotic wine which possesses significant texture despite its meagre alcohol levels – a quirky cuvée that certainly won’t disappoint.