The Grüner Veltliner grapes for the Buteo 12 are grown on loess and loam soils. The name of this wine refers to the 12 months it spends ageing on the lees. Juicy and pithy with hints of tobacco and rich spice, this is a complex and distinctive wine with a touch a skin contact and a subtle oxidative character.
The grapes are hand harvested, transported to the cellar in small crates to preserve freshness, and then macerated on the skins for 10 hours. The grapes are then slowly pressed for 8 hours and spontaneously fermented in wooden barrels before being matured on the lees for 12 months in 700 litre acacia barrels that come from Michael’s estate. No additives or sulphur is added to this wine before bottling.