Grüner Veltliner

Breaking into our consciousness during the last ten to fifteen years, Grüner Veltliner continues to excite and grow in popularity. This is Austria’s most planted grape. Grüner Veltliner deserves all the praise that it has been given. Not only is it a versatile grape in terms of style but it has tremendous ageing capability, allowing for some tremendous stylistic variations brought on through maturity. The serious versions challenge other lofty white wines very effectively, winning at blind and trade tastings and in the hearts and cellars of sommeliers.

Grüner Veltliner is a very food-friendly wine with a spicy, peppery nose and flavours of lime, peach, quince and honey. It is a grape that ages well and the depth of flavour intensifies with each passing year. Sweet wines and sparkling wines are also produced to great effect. Grüner Veltliner is a welcome partner to many foods that you would not immediately expect to match with a white - it is arguably one of the world's most flexible grapes at the table. Try it with foods you would have considered traditional red wine territory, and heavy reds at that, like Duck Confit or a Beef Roast. It's also grape that works well with foods that are difficult to pair with like eggs and asparagus. It can also be a great wine to haev wheer there's a variety of styles and flavours across a menu too owing to its accomadating nature!!

 

So what is Grüner Veltliner like? It is often described as being spicy, with aromas/flavours which include green and yellow apples, freshly ground white pepper, meadow flowers, underripe melon, green vegetables, (green beans and freshly broken pea pods spring to mind), newly mown grass, a flinty minerality and undefined citrussy notes, sort of halfway between lime and grapefruit. Lentils, mustard, and cress are commonly cited. Fruitier examples may show rhubarb and strawberry aromas. Depending on where it's grown, there may also be tropical and stone fruit (peaches, apricots), an earthiness and a mossy/herby/undergrowth smell.

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  1. Steinertal 2014 Grüner Veltliner Federspiel, Leo Alzinger
    £36.00
  2. Steinertal 2015 Grüner Veltliner Smaragd
    £46.80
  3. Sparkling Extra Dry Waldschutz
    £20.82
  4. Steinertal 2010 Grüner Veltliner Smaragd, Leo Alzinger
    £46.80
  5. Grüner Veltliner Bruch 2016, Christ
    £19.44
  6. Grüner Veltliner Fels am Wagram Reserve 2017, Waldschutz
    £18.34
  7. Steinertal 2017 Grüner Veltliner Smaragd, Leo Alzinger
    £40.80
  8. Gruner Veltliner Eiswein 2016, Waldschutz
    £23.68
    Rating:
    100.0000%
  9. Gruner Veltliner Classic Kamptal DAC 2018
    £14.20
    Rating:
    70.0000%
  10. Grüner Veltliner Bruch
    2016
    £19.44
    2011
    £19.50
    Rating:
    80.0000%
  11. Wiener Gemischter Satz
    2017
    £21.56
    Rating:
    70.0000%
  12. Grüner Veltliner Classic Kamptal DAC
    2018
    £14.20
    Rating:
    70.0000%
  13. Dürnsteiner 2018 Grüner Veltliner Federspiel, Leo Alzinger
    £19.20
  14. Grüner Veltliner Classic
  15. Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Loibenberg
    2018
    £34.80
    2018
    £71.58
    Rating:
    93.0000%
  16. Grüner Veltliner Alte Reben
    2008
    £16.04
  17. Grüner Veltliner Eiswein
    2016
    £23.68
    Rating:
    100.0000%
  18. FL Classique
    Rating:
    90.0000%
  19. Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Mühlpoint
  20. Grüner Veltliner Dürnsteiner Federspiel
    2018
    £19.20
    Rating:
    100.0000%
  21. Grüner Veltliner "Haarlocken"
  22. Steinertal Grüner Veltliner Smaragd/Federspiel
    2018
    £40.80
    2014
    £36.00
    2018
    £84.90
    2015
    £46.80
    2010
    £46.80
    2017
    £40.80
  23. Grüner Veltliner Fels am Wagram Reserve
    2018
    £18.34
    2018
    £38.94
    2017
    £18.34
    2015
    £17.33
  24. Grüner Veltliner Reserve
    2018
    £72.00
  25. Klostersekt
  26. Grüner Veltliner Sekt
  27. Grüner Veltliner Zeiselbergen
    2009
    £16.12
  28. Grüner Veltliner Weinviertel DAC
    2014
    £14.86
    Rating:
    100.0000%
  29. Grüner Veltliner Reserve Brunnthal
    2017
    £25.19
  30. Waldschutz Sparkling
    NV
    £20.82
    NV
    £20.82
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The rest of the world is starting to catch on to Grüner Veltliner with fresh plantings in the New World in the last ten years or so. There are other eastern European countries with a decent amount growing, but Austria still grows twice as much as the rest put together.

When yields are kept low (Grüner Veltliner will produce high yields unless cultivated otherwise) the grape can produce spicy, refreshing wines of high quality. Favourable comparisons to white Burgundy have often been made.

Grüner Veltliner is a cross between Savagnin (Traminer) and an ultra-rare grape named St. Georgener. It is related to Pinot through Savagnin and is not a member of the Veltliner family despite sharing the name.

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