When I found out there was half an acre of organically farmed Grüner Veltliner here in the Sta. Rita Hills, I thought “we've GOT to make some Grüner!” I love the grape variety because it has so much diversity. Grown on a sunny south-facing slope it can be made in a rich and opulent style. It can also be made in a racy and vibrant style. For our FREUND (which is German for 'Friend') we left the grapes on the skins for 24 hours, allowing a bit of texture to develop before pressing the grapes into neutral barrels for a native fermentation. The wine has a bit of a creamy, smoky note to it with mandarin orange and lemon rind. It is both fresh AND refreshing, with a nice weight to it. That one day on the skins gave the wine some tension and some texture. The wine was bottled without fining, filtration, or the addition of any sulfur.
The Freund Grüner Veltliner is ready to drink now. In fact, I hope it will be your go-to white wine all spring and summer long. This wine will pair well with ceviche and corn chips, some shellfish, a little pad thai, or a cold soup. This was a really fun wine to make and I think it’s a really fun wine to drink.