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Nick Spencer Gruner Veltliner 2018
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The Gundagai district is situated in regional New South Wales, about two hours from Canberra on the way to Wagga Wagga. Apart from its fame from the song that Slim Dusty made into a quasi-Australian anthem, the town has a rich heritage in Australian pioneering history and is home to the iconic Dog on the Tuckerbox which has become synonymous with the region. But for all of the history, famous sites
Nick rose to prominence in the industry after winning the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy in 2009, followed by the National Wine Show Trophy for Best Shiraz in 2011. Since 2017, Nick’s had his own gig making handcrafted wines of quality and finesse from fruit sourced from the high country of southern NSW. His wines are only made in small volumes, so they tend to sell out rather quickly, but the range includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Pinot Gris
Perhaps the most interesting of Nick’s wines is his Gruner Veltliner 2018. The grape is, perhaps, best known in places like Austria where it is the most widely planted varietal. It seems to thrive in climates where days are warm but the nights cool and crisp – so logic would suggest that it should do very well on the western edge of the Snowy Mountains where it benefits from an altitude of 700
The Nick Spencer range are highly impressive, not expensive, and if I’m any judge, seem likely to raise the profile of the southern NSW high country where “the blue gums are growin’ and the Murrumbidgee’s flowin’…”.
Travis and guest Michael Data discuss the Nick Spencer Gruner Veltliner 2018. To watch click here.