During a recent visit, a group of five growers hosted a tasting from their small corner of Kamptal, which is renowned for its grüner veltliners and rieslings.
In Lower Austria there is a divide between riesling and grüner veltliner which keeps riesling on primary rock and grüner veltliner on loess. Loess, it seems does remarkable things to grüner veltliner – the wines are creamier, fatter, richer, and more immediately fruity in youth.
Vintage 2009 in the regions adjoining the river Danube in Austria was a turbulent time, with hard vineyard work emerging supreme.
Grüner veltliner is Austria’s flagship white grape variety, the best of which have beaten Burgundian chardonnays in blind tasting assessments of quality.
Grüner veltliner (grooner velt-leaner) may not roll easily off an anglophone tongue, but wine made from this indigenous Austrian grape variety will liven up said tongue with some delicious flavours, both in youth, and, as explored here, in graceful age.
Lower Austria – mainly the Wachau, Kremstal and Kamptal – is home to some of the best, longest-lived white wines to be found on the planet.