Grüner Veltliner – The Austrian Gem

If you’ve been drinking wine for a while, the chances are you know what you like. However every now and again, it’s good to try something new.

I was looking for an unusual white wine that offered lots of character. Looking through our range I noticed a wine from Austria, the Weingut Sepp Moser Breiter Rain Gruner Veltliner 2012. Quite a mouthful I know, but you don’t have to pronounce it to enjoy it.

Grüner Veltliner was a grape I knew very little about. I knew that it accounted for a lot of Austrian vineyards (32.6%), I knew it could be used in sparkling wine production, and I knew that recently it was making waves in blind tastings around the World. When I tasted it, I was blow away.

When I was looking into Grüner Veltliner, I read of its natural characteristics. Light, easy on the fruit and easily consumed with not much thought. Most will have that white pepper spicy note immediately, but often the flavours are very subtle, easy drinking but not all together exciting.

However I then read about the waves being made by Grüner Veltliner in blind tastings, standing up to exemplary white Burgundy. Meaning the potential of the grape is unlimited. It was only when I sampled Weingut Sepp Moser Breiter Rain that I truly appreciated this. Unlike the low end entry Grüner Veltliner wines, this wine had structure, it had weight and it had character.

Oz Clarke once said that Grüner Veltliner developed its aromas a little later in life, so it made sense that the 2012 vintage that we currently stock would be more weighted and substantial than a 2014 or 2015 vintage. Think more Alsace Riesling and less table wine plonk. It’s not a wine variety that you’ll find around every corner, but it is one that you should experiment with if you love good white wine.

This wine was developed by Nikolaus Moser who’s passion for wine is unparalleled:

 To me, wine should have elegance, exciting freshness and complexity, and last but not least, carry forward a signature of its unmistakeable origin! That is the soul that makes our wines unique


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