Tuesday, 4 March 2014

From the Tasting Room : Steinfeld Grüner Veltliner 2012

Grapes were grown in Austria before the Romans turned up so they must have learnt a trick or two about good winemaking and production techniques. Demand for these wines is definitely growing thanks to reviews from critics such as Hugh Johnson who said they possess "the fieriness and high flavour of the Danube”.

Austrian wines have a reputation and desirability that pushes their prices up - and quite right too! While they are a country that produces quite a lot, especially given its size, relatively little actually escapes to be enjoyed elsewhere. Riesling is still the main white grape of the country but Grüner Veltliner is rapidly forcing itself onto the scene.

Our buyers were able to source us this treat from the team at Steinfeld where Fritz Miesbauer, head winemaker, is particularly passionate about Grüner Veltliner. The vineyards that come together to make this wine line the Danube's blue, stony slopes (that can be seen on the label). The grapes are always picked before they reach their full ripeness in order to fully display the freshness of the region, vivacity of the style and unique terroir.

Steinfeld Grüner Veltliner 2012

A delicate nose where the layers of complexity shone through with fresh asparagus, some marzipan, white pepper, jasmine and elderflower. It was almost like every sniff brought with it a new note that was missed before.

The elderflower definitely came through from the smell while a fruitiness also developed with some pear and juicy lime. Grüner's typical spiciness was there but only mildly so with a touch of white pepper, bringing out different notes in the fruit. Grüner is a style generally designed to be drunk as young and fresh as possible but this displayed a mild, buttery, richness owing to it being almost two years old.

It had a sense of the Old World Sauvignon with the extra dimensions of white Burgundy - really good - and a finish that definitely snuck up on all of us. The flavours carried through beautifully and really did leave you wanting more (and more) to keep your mouth tingling.

As leading wine writer Peter Moser said 'the Veltliner is like bread and butter or, to the Viennese, a schnitzel, because it could be enjoyed every day, and that still wouldn’t be enough.' We couldn't really agree more! A perfectly pleasant wine to be enjoyed with any occasion from a light lunch to a summer evening - seriously good on its own or shared with a few friends.

Wine details:
Steinfeld Grüner Veltliner 2012
Niederösterreich, Austria
12% abv.

All in all a really tasty wine and true all-rounder that's well worth it's £8.99 price tag. We hope you've enjoyed reading and you're tempted to give it a try!

Alex, David and Luke
Averys Wine Bloggers

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