We all need a little ‘Funkstille’ (radio silence) in our life now and again so kick back and take a moment to enjoy the silence with a glass of Grüner Veltliner.
Grüner Veltliner is a grape variety which is grown primarily in Austria and this beautiful example is amazing value for money (quality Austrian wines do tend to be a little bit more on the pricey side). Grapes are grown in the vineyards of the northeast of the country bordering Slovakia and the Czech Republic where delightful wine villages are threaded like strings of pearls and the diversity of terroir is vast. A common theme throughout however is the vast drop in temperature which occurs in the evening, blanketing the vineyards in fog. This really helps the grapes to fully ripen albeit slowly, meaning the flavours have lots of chance to develop. The wines are fresh and bright but the signature Austrian acidity almost always shines through. Gruner Veltliner thrives here and it is easy to see why they love it so much.
Subtle exotic aromas are accompanied with ripe pear and fresh citrus fruit. Dry with complex flavours and a rich palate of melon and grapefruit. The finish is refreshing and zippy with a touch of white pepper.
What makes us love this wine even more is its diversity when it comes to food. It has a great acidity so works well with fried chicken and Austrian Wiener Schnitzel as well as vegetable based pasta dishes or risotto primavera.