ARA Grüner Veltliner

I love Austria. The skiing, the frittaten suppe, schnitzel & strudel… I’ve been going there for years, usually in the winter, but last summer we stayed for a week in the mountains. I was there again eight weeks ago and am back again in five weeks time. As I say, I love Austria. Its wines are good – Grüner Veltliner being its pre-eminent white. When I first went , 15 years ago, you would have to search high and low for Grüner Veltliner back in the UK but not now. All the big super markets have at least one. Why the interest? Again global warming may play a part in making this ‘green’ wine more complex and attractive. Jancis Robinson may have played a part – she attended a blind tasting of Austrian whites which were mixed in with top white burgundies – and 7 of the Austrian whites made the top 10…

Tasting notes: Medium intensity, pale lemon colour. Primary apple and citrus notes. No secondary or tertiary notes. Balanced acidity; dry. Short finish. Flavours of green apple & citrus notes.

Region of Origin – Niederosterreich
Wine Colour – white
Price – £6 – reduced from £8 at the moment
Where do I get it from? Tesco
Current Vintage – 2018
Producer – Peter Mertes
Grape – Grüner Veltliner
Country – Austria

Verdict – Good wine for the price.

Food Pairings: frittaten suppe, schnitzel. Or roast chicken!

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