Grüner Veltliner – Austria’s signature white grape – is like buses to me. I don’t see one for ages and then two come along together!
If you like the freshness and acidity of Rieslings or the more elegant Sauvignon Blancs, then I reckon you should give GV a go.
Both wines were typical in their lightness and refreshing appley-fruityness. At 12% they weren’t going to knock one out. With good acidity and a little spritzyness in the glass they were both pleasant to drink without food – but I imagine they would go excellently with something like a wiener schnitzel.
The Stadt Krems is available in the UK from the Wine Society and slurp.co.uk. – although I shared this bottle costing £23.00 at Albertines – a charming wine bar in Shepherd’s Bush.
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The second GV is probably easier to find being part of Sainsburys Taste the Difference range – the 2010 GV from Niederosterreich (Lower Austria). This wine has won a few gongs in professional tastings – including a Decanter silver award. Still, it’s keenly priced at £7.99.
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And to close a random thought – in my experience you can always spot an Austrian wine as they patriotically cover their bottle closures in the red and white of the national flag.