We are very excited to have a couple of new wines coming into the range in the next few months including our first vintage of Gruner Veltliner and Grenache. Boat O’Craigo are one of few producers of either variety in the Yarra Valley.
Black Spur 2020 Grüner Veltliner
Pronounced ‘grew-ner-felt-lee-ner’, this is an Austrian cool climate variety very similar to a Riesling on the nose, just with a lot more richness, texture, white pepper and spice on the palate. Grüner Veltliner is an amazing and versatile food wine which perfectly compliments spicy Asian dishes and perhaps also beautiful fresh Japanese sushi and sashimi.
The main plantings of Grüner Veltliner in Australia are in the Adelaide Hills. Recognising that the Yarra Valley is an ideal location for a cool climate variety like this and also in the knowledge that there are no other growers, we sourced and planted a dedicated block with Grüner Veltliner on our Healesville property in 2017. Our Black Spur 2020 Grüner Veltliner is our first vintage of this special variety which will be released later in the year. Our Grüner Veltliner will likely become a unique hallmark of the Boat O’Craigo wine stable.
Kincardine 2019 Grenache
Claimed by the Spanish and the Italians, Grenache was once the world’s most-planted grape variety. Grenache has also been a part of the Australian wine landscape right from the start however was more commonly used as a blending variety into the more popular Shiraz.
No longer does Grenache play second fiddle. It is a stunning variety packed with aromas of orange rind, strawberry, raspberry, red plum and tobacco with distinctive hints of cinnamon and spice. Grenache now takes centre stage as a single-variety wine. In fact, James Halliday himself awarded a single variety Grenache with 99 points and named it as his Wine Of The Year in 2020. A single-variety Grenache also won the coveted Jimmy Watson Trophy in 2017.
Boat O’Craigo has had Grenache planted on our Kangaroo Ground vineyard since the early 2000’s. Yes, we were guilty of merely using Grenache to add depth and colour to our Shiraz but now the time is right