Grüner Veltliner, or Gru-Vee as it is often called in the wine trade, is made from Austria’s signature grape and is currently enjoying its moment in the spotlight.
Grown almost exclusively in Austria, the grape produces mainly dry white wine and is ideally suited to modern drinking, sharing many similarities with Sauvignon Blanc. Gru-vee has flavours of limes, lemon or grapefruit along with white flowers and notes of spice and white pepper and a slight spritz on the palate. Grüner Veltliner is brilliantly versatile when it comes to matching with food. Grüner Veltliner 2013 Terraces, Domäne Wachau (Waitrose £10.49) is a nice introduction with fresh citrus fruit and that telltale spice, a hint of spritz on the palate with an apple crisp fruit finish. Try this with some Asian-inspired seafood.
Grüner Veltliner 2013 Weissenkirchen, Domäne Wachau
Another wine from Domäne Wachau, this has just a little more depth and concentration with lime and spice on the nose and zesty acidity and minerals before a long finish. Delicious spring white wine, perfect with grilled asparagus and goat’s cheese.
Majestic, £9.99, or you can buy two bottles for £8.99 each.