Friday, December 20, 2013

Nikolaihof Gruner Veltliner

Still licking my lips over the Asian slaw described in the post below, and the wine was an equal partner in that meal.

The wine was a 2009 Nikolaihof Gruner Veltliner, Federspiel from the Wachau region of Austria.  The wine is biodynamic and proudly displayed its Demeter certification on the back label.

The wine was a bit reserved for a minute or two, but when it opened up it did so in a big way.  Lots of aromas of straw and earth with only a hint of tart fruit were followed by a very mineral taste with supporting flavors of tart, green grapes, a bit of grapefruit, and a hint of green apple.  The wine had a wonderful mouth feel and finished totally dry like a Muscadet. 

At the very end there was just a hint of sweetness, just enough to make one take another sip. The flavors in the Asian slaw were not hot and spicy so there was no need for sweetness in the wine, but the remaining flavors were just about perfect with the minerality in this wine.  Really tasty wine.

2009 Nikolaihof Gruner Veltliner.  12% alcohol and $18.

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