This wine blog contains my amateur reviews of wines that I have tried from around the world. Many of the reviews are based on a single bottle, which may or may not truly represent the wine. I welcome all comments. Cheers! Zum Wohl! Prost! Salud!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Grooner Gruner Veltliner 2009
Now this is an eye catching label. "Perfect for Parties, Great with Food, and Picnics Too" is shown in three boxes on the label. And the young woman on the label "grooning" is actually the label designer, Toni Silver. This wine was produced by MeinhardForstreiter from the Kremstal region in northern Austria along with Monika Caha who was looking to create a wine that could be marketed specifically to the US wine drinkers. I think she got our attention. This wonderful crisp and refreshing 100% GrunerVeltliner starts off with a very fruity aroma of pears, apples, lemon zest and a peppery mango. The flavors were just as robust as the nose with sour green apples that I used to eat from my grandparents trees, pineapple, citrus and a flowery honey along with a hint of pepper. The acidity was a little overwhelming but still a nice crisp summer wine. There was a small amount of bitterness on the back end. I would probably not take this to a picnic unless you could leave it in the ice box with the beer. This needs to stay cold. We served it with marinated mahi-mahi tonight and it was a good pairing. With the tartness, give this a try with an Asian / Thai inspired dish. The incredible sauces from these dishes would be a great match for this wine. Would, of course, go well with other seafood or shellfish dishes. The 2009 GroonerGrunerVeltliner retails for about $12. Give this a try. I want to thank Constance (Brand Action Team) for sending me this to taste and review.