Grüner Veltliner 2015

Last month, I wrote in my Albariño post that I am always looking for alternatives to Pinot Grigio and I have found another one. I was very impressed with the Grüner Veltliner 2015 from Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference range. The name Grüner Veltliner means ‘Green Wine of Veltlin’ which is in Lower Austria. The grapes are grown on loess which is a type of soil which contains a clay-like sediment, deposited by the wind. Loess makes the wine creamy and rich, known as ‘fat’ in wine speak.  The colour of this wine was a beautiful, appealing pale gold. As I swirled the wine in the glass to prepare to smell it, it clung to the side of the glass looking heavy and rich. The viscosity is deceiving and seems impossible that it is only 12% alcohol, but it is. In the glass, it had a slight spritz, glistened and was very inviting. However, I needed to smell the wine first! I smelt the aroma of dried apricots. The label states ‘peach’ but for me it was apricots and a type of sweet I used to have as a child which you can still buy today, refresher chews with the dry sherbet powder oozing out of the centre. In addition, I detected freeze dried lemon grass.  Grüner Veltliner is known to have high acidity but when I tasted it, it was not acidic. Surprisingly, it was creamy and rounded with a lovely sherbet zing with lemon zest on the dry finish. This Grüner Veltliner is bucking the trend as there was no pepper finish or spicy notes for me.

I served this Grüner Veltliner with Coconut Fish Curry. The ingredients were onion, garlic, ginger, shrimp paste, small red chilli- seeds removed, lemon grass, curry powder, coconut milk, haddock and cooked, raw prawns. The wine echoed the cream in the coconut and the lemon grass and was delicious with the curry.  It is important not to put too much chili in the curry, otherwise it will overpower the wine. The curry needs to be mild to medium hot. This wine also goes well with prawn crackers, so a great aperitif too.

I will definitely be buying this Grüner Veltliner again. I purchased it from Sainsbury’s and paid £8.

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