Lenz Moser 2019 Grüner Veltliner
Grüner Veltliner (Grooner) is a dry white from Austria. The wine typically is light colored and has lemon and peppery notes. These wines are perfect in the early spring/summer, and even some warm nights with that cool breeze. Perfect!
Austria is known for its Zweigelt (lighter red/almost North Coast Pinot Noir or an Italian Dolcetto) and its white of Grüner Veltliner. Both are the actual grapes these wines are made from and not named after a region.
Grüner is a mid-ripening grape and usually does well in more northern climates. The trellis system most impactful for the Grüner vines was developed in the 1920s by Lenz Moser.
This system allows for higher growing vines and bigger spaces in rows and because of this there is more ventilation that helps with tamping down this grapes tendency towards the development of powdery mildew.
There are Grüner Veltiner vines planted outside Austria, including the Czech Republic and other more northern climate regions around the world, but Austria is definitely the area that people would think of when you say Grüner.
The legs are slow to form and move lazily, but thickly down the glass as the wine is 12% ABV.
The color is light yellow color, like pale straw, but with some crystal clear shiny golden hues.
The smell is of fresh cut hay, lemon, ruby red grapefruit, spice, jonquils, juicy fruit, lemon curd, and gravel.
The taste is of white pepper spice, tart citrus fruits of lemon and ruby red grapefruit, and ends with sweet mandarin finish.
The wine has medium acidity, and with its lighter and more subtle tastes of citrus, makes for a perfect spring/summer wine.