Really Gru-vee. Austrian Gruner Veltiner

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Sommelier India Tasting panel recommends Austrian Gruner Veltliner white wines available in India. In order of preference, the tasting notes are as follows:


Donabaum, Grüner Veltliner, Federspiel 2007, Wachau, Austria
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Medium to pale lemon in appearance with an attractive, bright ‘robe’. Intense, distinctive Grüner nose of green and white peppercorns, evening flowers (jasmine) and a hint of peach and pineapple. Some spicy characters too, especially cardamom, but very faint and merely suggestive. Grippy yet refreshing with limey citrus and a slight chalkiness on the palate. A medium to long finish that leaves the mouth watering. Importer: The Wine Park. Price in Mumbai: Rs 3,187
Heidler, Grüner Veltliner, Thal 2007, Kamptal, Austria
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Medium lemon in appearance. A restrained nose with some white pepper and a hint of tropical/exotic fruit. White peach. A slight oily suggestion, reminiscent of aged Riesling and even white Burgundy. On the palate, it has a medium to full body with soft acidity and an ‘oily’ texture with fleshy fruit. A faint suggestion of brown spice. A wine that is at its peak now. Short to medium finish. A little hot at 13% alcohol. Importer: Sonarys Cobrands. Price in Mumbai & Delhi: Rs 2,580 app
Bründlmayer, Grüner Veltliner, 2008, Kamptal, Austria
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Bright, medium lemon/gold. Citrus and flowers on the nose with a faint hint of white pepper. Some tropical fruit and a noticeable mineral/gravel note. Almost Chablis-esque in some aspects. Delicate flavours on the palate – peach/pear and lemon-citrus. Light to medium bodied with refreshing, noticeable acidity. Short to medium finish. A good apèritif. Importer: Sonarys Cobrands. Price in Mumbai & Delhi: Rs 2,250 app
Lenz Moser Selection, Grüner Veltliner, 2008, Niederösterreich
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Pale gold with a very faint pink/grey hue indicative of extended skin contact, perhaps. An innocuous nose that doesn’t give much away. Some tropical fruit – very faint. Light, refreshing palate with very little varietal definition. Light to medium-bodied with a short to medium finish. Very much a commercial style. Easy to drink and not too heavy on the wallet! Importer: De Vine Ventures.

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