Domäne Wachau The Terraces Grüner ­Veltliner 2008

So this, to the best of my knowledge, is the first Gruner Veltliner I’ve ever drunk. I’ve tended to avoid Austrian wines, because they’re never very cheap and they’re often very floral, but I was wrong wrong wrong. Because this really is delicious, in a very light but utterly delightful way. It’s got a little whiff of petrol to it. It’s got a citrus zing, quite full bodied, just 12% alcohol. Very easy to drink, but not just an easy drinker. As Victoria Moore said of this wine in The Guardian, “it has everything you hope for from a grüner veltliner – clean citrus, tremendous nerve, poise, confidence and enough ­acidity to make it appear bone-dry although it isn’t quite.” “Spicy, peppery and crisp,” said Tim Atkin. “Floral, lemon-zest and white- pepper-spiked,” said Jane MacQuitty.

Quite a lot of people seem to like it, and I’m one of them. A couple of pounds off at Waitrose at the minute, £5.99 and an absolute steal, I’d say.


One response to “Domäne Wachau The Terraces Grüner ­Veltliner 2008

  1. Hello Simon, I’m a big fan of Austrian wines and have been ever since I lived there a decade ago.

    GV was once touted as the Next Big Thing in the popular backlash against oaky Chardonnay, but that particular accolade seems to have gone to Pinot Grigio.

    I’m currently doing a series of article on Austria, which you may find of interest if you like the DW wines.

    All the best, Tom

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