100% Grüner Veltliner. SRP of $16 but available for as low as $12.
Sample received courtesy Wines of Austria for review purposes.
From the bottle:
“The Wachau Valley is one of the leading wine regions of the world. Steeply terraced vineyards, a unique climate and primary rock define the wines. Federspiel stands for the medium-bodied, elegantly balanced wines of the Wachau. Grüner Veltliner is known for its discreetly spicy aroma.
Grüner Veltliner is an extremely popular grape in Austria, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic and in fact, covers about a third of the vineyards in Austria. It has also recently become to be known to have the potential to produce some truly outstanding wines that consistently beat out highly respected Chardonnays from around the world. Fresh off my Chardonnay Showdown series, I was excited to give my first Grüner Veltliner a try to see how a under $20 example would hold up.
The Domäne Wachau Terrassen Federspiel Grüner Veltliner begins with aromas of pear, green apple, and grapefruit. These same flavors come through when tasting the wine in addition to a pleasing amount of spice and minerality. The Domäne Wachau is sweet and smooth with a nice juicy texture and a strong acidity that balances out the medium-bodied wine nicely. The finish was good although a little on the short side. Overall we liked this quite a bit and think it outclasses many of the Chardonnays we’ve tried. So the next time you go to grab that bottle of Chardonnay, why not give a Grüner Veltliner a try instead?
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Overall Rating: 7.8
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