Domäne Wachau Weissenkirchen Grüner Vetliner Federspiel 2018
I am a sucker for the Grüner grape, and this particular example from Domäne Wachau indeed makes me weak at the knees. Grüner Vetliner is a great alternative to your usual Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio and in many examples much more delicious. Grüner Vetliner can be characterized by it high acidity, citrus fruit, mineral impressions and most famously its white pepper notes. Don’t be fooled, this white pepper characteristic to the wine is quite attractive and when all these elements come together in a wine, Grüner Vetliner can be exciting and beautiful.
Domäne Wachau holds over 440 ha of vines on the steep slopes next to the Danube River, holding some of the most prestigious plots in all of Austria. All the grapes are sourced from their own vineyards, and 70% of their vineyards are planted with Grüner Vetliner. The grapes for this wine was sourced from premium sites around the Weissenkirchen commune. The word Federspiel on the label means this wine is considered ‘second’ on a three-teir classification system in Austria. To be a little more specific, they require a must weight of 17 KMW, which is considered dry, and 11.5-12.5 % abv.
The wine is light on the palate but intense in its fruit characteristics like lemon-lime, grapefruit and a little pear. Bits of white pepper and sea salt dance around on the palate as the high acidity takes the wine to a whole other level. A burst of citrus flavour, lip-smacking salinity and hints of cumin makes this gastronomic wine, while the acidity gives it the opportunity for a little ageability. Very long, refreshing and bright clean finish. Delicious.
*This wine was purchased through private import from Bambara Selection.