Austria’s signature white wine grape varietal pronounced Groo-ner Velt-Leen-er also grown in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, is famous for its broad pairing possibilities.
For a medium-bodied wine, it yields surprisingly high acidity levels and a wide range of aromas from fresh, green apple to juicy tropical fruit, white pepper to mineral-laden nuances on the nose.
Depending on the vintage, the Grüner-Veltliner drinking experience straddles the spectrum from casual quaffing to a melange of serious complexity with an encompassing elegance and possibilities for long term cellaring.
Grooner Gruner Veltliner 2012‘s remarkably balanced acidity levels allow for versatile pairings. From grilled lamb, more challenging veggies like artichoke, asparagus and broccoli to full-blown Asian fare like sushi and Thai, this wine made by the Forstreiter family vineyards, exudes a freshness with crisp tart green apple and citrus aromas on the palate with tropical fruit notes. Bottles are easily identified by performance artist Toni Silver aka “Zvy-gelt girl” on the label.
It takes a closer examination of where grapes for Grooner Gruner Veltliner are grown to understand what makes this wine so unique. Most of the family’s vineyards lie close to the Danube on south or east facing terraces consisting of Hollenburger Konglomerat, layers of loess, clay, and sandy soil loaded with minerals. It’s here on the plains that you get Gruner Veltiners lavishing the palate with citrus and peach punctuated with spicy notes…sometimes tobacco.
Photo courtesy of Grooner Gruner Veltliner 2012