Domane Wachau Gruner Veltliner
|Region:||Wachau , Austria|
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A delicious spicy, minerally white that's an excellent example of how great the Austrian speciality grape, Grüner Veltliner, can be. Produced by Austria’s acclaimed Domäne Wachau estate from their beautiful terraced vineyards along the banks of the Danube. The wine's fresh, vibrant tones make it an excellent accompaniment to light starters or salads. Exclusive to Waitrose.
In the press
“This is a wine of spice, white peach and surprising persistence. Ideal for any type of prawn with Eastern influences.” Hamish Anderson, The Daily Telegraph, 9 July 2011: (2010 vintage)
“…a really good wine with which to celebrate the arrival of summer. It’s taut, minerally and complex, with pure fruit flavours, no oak, and lovely aromas of white flowers, white pepper and wet stones. The kind of thing that makes you want to sing in the (Viennese) woods.” Tim Atkin, www.timatkin.com, 4 June 2011: (2010 vintage)
“Delicate and elegant - the perfect Sunday lunch companion.” Sarah Jane Evans, BBC Good Food Magazine, 1 April 2011: (2010 vintage)
“The steep terraces of Austria’s Wachau Valley produce the world’s best grüner veltliners. This is elegant and pear-fruity with classic white pepper notes.” Tim Atkin, The Times, 9 September 2010: (2009 vintage)
This picturesque valley has been formed by the Danube River and boasts stunning architecture including ancient monasteries, castles and ruins. Roman settlers were thought to have begun the area’s wine production, which is known for its pure, complex white wines. Highly-prized dry Rieslings and Grüner Veltliners are bourne out of the area, some of the best of which come from the steep stony slopes next to the Danube itself.
Wachau is Austria’s westernmost wine region, and has a continental climate influenced by the interplay of winds from the Atlantic and the eastern Pannonian winds. The hot summers, cold winters and steep vineyards help preserve the grapes’ acidity and flavour.
In the 1980s, a group of producers from Wachau devised their own white wine classification specific to the area and based on ripeness of the grapes and alcohol content. 'Steinfeder' denotes aromatic and light-bodied wine up to 11.5%; 'Federspiel' accounts for wines with 11.5% to 12.5% alcohol by volume, and the final category is Smaragd, which applies to more concentrated and rich wines over 12.5%.
Grown primarily in Austria, and celebrated as one of the country’s most important grapes, Grüner Veltliner is an elegant and characterful grape. Grüner Veltliner wine tends to be fresh and aromatic with both floral and spicy notes, often of pear and white pepper. It is usually an incredibly versatile food match.