Grüner Veltliner 2018 – Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference

All the big super markets have at least one Grüner Veltliner. Sainsbury’s have stocked one since 2010 – well ahead of the game. There has been a recent growth in interest in this wine: why? 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. A recent tasting of reserve Grüner Veltliner really impressed me with the quality, intensity and complexity of the wine. This is specifically from the Traisental area of the Niederosterreich region of North Eastern Austria, near Vienna. This is slightly better than Tesco’s ARA Grüner Veltliner.

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

Region of Origin – Traisental
Wine Colour – white
Price – £7.50 – reduced from £8.50 at the moment
Where do I get it from? Sainsbury’s
Current Vintage – 2018
Producer – Markus Huber
Grape – Grüner Veltliner
Country – Austria

Verdict – Good wine for the price.

Food Pairings: frittaten suppe, schnitzel, chicken dishes.

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