Archive for ‘Gruner Veltliner’

December 18, 2017

Nautilus Gruner Veltliner, 2015

A bottle of Nautilus in BC.  Will wonders never cease?

 

Is it their straightforward and nearly savoury Sauv Blanc?  No.  Is it their charming Chardonnay?  Not a chance.  Is it perhaps their pitch perfect Pinot?  As if.  Is it on the rare chance their hard to find sparkling?  You make me laugh.  No, it’s their Gruner.

 

But do you know what?  Nautilus makes a lot of good wine and this is no exception.  I’m not sure I prefer it to the Culmina, which is about five dollars less, but it’s a really lively, sharp and tangy refreshing white that deserves some attention.  Apple blossoms, apple skin, tart on the finish, with a bit of a bite.  Extremely food friendly.  Seafood starter anyone?

 

Price: $34.50 at Marquis.

 

Market Liquidity: A lesser wine from an accomplished vineyard.

December 23, 2016

Kuhlmann-Platz Gewurtztraminer, 2015

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I’m of the mind that Alsace rarely takes a wrong turn.  The wines are abundant and diverse in France while a little thin on the ground in BC.  Plus, they tend to be at a price point that is disadvantageous to the everyday drinker.

 

So, on this bottle, it scores for being a decent white, refined, not too expensive, and very approachable.  It is brimming with guava, pineapple and other tropical notes.  It went with Thai chicken green curry a treat, cut through spice and conquered residual coconut milk.  But it is not as accomplished as many wines of the region and it drinks just a tad too heavy, with too much syrup, like the bottom of a tin of lychees, than I prefer.

 

Natalie MacLean went bonkers over this wine.  As a food friendly white, for international cuisine, full marks.  But I could stand a little more to ponder (like the dreamy Gruner Vetliner from Culmina we drank a few weeks ago).

 

Price: Under $20 at BC Liquor before (what I like to call) tax and tip.

 

Market Liquidity: It works, but sometimes that’s not enough.

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December 6, 2016

Culmina Unicus, Gruner Vetliner, 2015

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In the spirit of yesterday’s review, let’s disseminate the professional tasting notes. Here’s what Lawrason wrote (who, when he was at the Globe, was my favorite Canuck reviewer):

 

“Austria’s Gruner Veltliner is rare in Canada but you can bet others will be planting following the critical success of Unicus. This pours deeply lemon. The nose is very intense and exotic with ripe apricot, starfruit, honey and pepper. It’s quite full bodied, bright and almost aggressive with some oily and waxy character. It’s medium full bodied, firm and drier than first appearances. The length is excellent to outstanding.”

 

Yes.  Wow.  Yes, yes, yes.  Everything.  And the kitchen sink.  The most palatable decently priced satisfying and engaging BC white we’ve had in a long, long time.  And just look at that golden hue in the glass.  Nectar from the gods.

 

Gismondi gave it a measly 89 points.  He is a hard nut.

 

Price: $27 from the vineyard.

 

Market Liquidity: Season’s Greetings.

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June 17, 2015

Weingut Walter Buchegger Reserve Leopold Gruner Vetliner, 2013

With a summery spring upon is, it’s a season of simpler dinners and lighter wines.  We cleaned out the fridge for an Elaine Benes Big Salad and served it alongside a light Austrian white.

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Weingut Walter Buchegger Reserve Leopold Gruner Vetliner, 2013

This GV didn’t wow us as much as the Riesling, but the crisp, light, ethereal-ness of this delectable white disappeared faster than I could take notes.  I am, and this is absolutely serious, I am planning a trip to Vienna next year based solely on how good these few bottles from Buchegger have been.

 

Price: Something in USD.  $22?

 

Market Liquidity: If only I could find a bed this comfortable.

November 29, 2011

Domaene Schloss Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner 2010

Polished.  Refreshing and tangy.  For some weird reason I think if the 7 Dwarfs made home brew this would be it: Very sharp, zesty, pronounced citric acid, pleasant finish, appealing to a diverse group, nothing avant-garde.  Dry without a hint of sugar.  Eminently drinkable.  Lilke basic black with pearls.  Classy white without pretension but certainly not of the pinot gris-viognier vogue at present and maybe, in that respect, lost on some.  This is no “skinny jeans.”

 

Price: $19.99 at Everything Wine or BC Liquor; $18.99 at EW with the case discount.

 

Market Liquidity: Nice bottle to find chilled in the fridge.