So many wines, so little time!
This definitely rings true when visiting Austria!
While I definitely recommend creating your own Grüner wine tasting footpath on vacation (ask around for recommendations!), here are a few of my favorite wines to get you started:
Ewald Gruber, Röschitz
Grüner Veltliner Reserve
Full- bodied, delicious and quite elegant. There are notes of grapefruit, but nothing overpowering because the creamy, buttery oak provides a nice balance.
Weingut Pleil, Wolkersdorf
2009 Grüner Veltliner, Classic
Fruit bomb aroma with anise hints. This pleasantly tart mouth puckering wine feels well-balanced and has a nice lingering acidity.
Weingut R&A Pfaffl, Stetten
2009 Grüner Veltliner, Zeiseneck
Tropical aromas and taste. The acidity, while somewhat apparent, is amazingly discreet which is what makes this such an interesting wine.
Weingut Ebner- Ebenauer, Poysdorf
2009 Grüner Veltliner, Hermannschachern
Lemony, acidic tartball that lingers on the palate. Balanced, fun, and fresh it doesn’t overwhelm making this a great overall wine.
Weingut Gschweicher, Röschitz
2009 Grüner Veltliner, Reserve
A fruity wine- honeysuckle and tropical notes. Very smooth with a hint of wood because, after all, it is a Reserve.
2009 Grüner Veltliner, Alte Reben
At first, it’s sweeter and then smooth as silk on the palate. Aromas are fruity and florally. Finishes dry.
Weingut Herbert Zillinger, Ebenthal
2008 Grüner Veltliner, Radikal
A bit sweeter than the average Grüner and not overly acidic. Yellower in color with an almond finish. Drinking with peppery Asian food makes the wine taste sweeter and helps to calm the spiciness of food.
Weingut Setzer, Hohenwarth
2008 Grüner Veltliner, “8000”
Peppery and fabulous, the wine pleasantly lingers in your mouth long after you’ve swallowed. Sip or pair with spicy Asian food for a double the peppery trouble… yummy!
For more information about Grüner Veltliner and Austrian wines, check out our posts Part 1 – Austria’s Flagship Wine: Grüner Veltliner and Part 2 – Destination Austria: Weinviertel Wine Region.
What’s your favorite Grüner Veltliner?
Disclosure: TravelPlusWine visited Weinviertel DAC on a sponsored media trip as part of the 2010 European Wine Bloggers Conference in Vienna, Austria