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Huber Grüner Veltliner 2010

Style: Dry white

Country: Austria

Region: Traisental

Overview: Grüner Veltliner is not only one of the most underrated varieties around but one of the most satisfying to say out loud. Grüner Veltliner is predominantly grown in Austria but is finding its way into our soil as well. This wine comes from a small viticultural region, Traisental, and falls into Austria’s DAC classification system (similar to A.O.C or D.O.C in France and Italy). For a wine to be classified DAC from the Traisental region it must be made from Grüner or Riesling. Grüner must be aromatic with no oak contact and clean fruit. Clean fruit doesn’t mean the grapes get a lovely shower as they are picked but means they must be free of disease, mainly botrytis. This wine nails that brief, incredibly lifted on the nose with pristine, elegant fruit. Certainly benchmark Grüner.


Tasting note: A clean, pristine nose with characters of straw, lemon, nectarine and quite flinty. The palate is crisp and clean with those characters of citrus, straw and stone-fruit with added, complex spice and fennel tones. It finishes salty and a little bit waxy but as clean as an OCD person’s bathroom.

Final Say: Fantastic food wine. $30 a bottle.


Score: 18.5 out of 20

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