jamie goode's wine blog: Gruner Veltliner

Monday, June 04, 2007

Gruner Veltliner

Had my brother and his wife to stay for the evening. They live in Plymouth, but had some business in London and so stopped over Chez Goode. So we drank some wine and played some cricket with the boys. Both my lads are getting into their cricket these days so today I'd bought them some decent bats: Woodworm 'The Flame' size 4 and 5, respectively. Coincidentally, they colour-matched one of tonight's tipples: the Laurenz und Sophie Singing Gruner Veltliner 2005 (pictured). I bought a case of it from Tesco a few weeks back, then at a price of under £5 a bottle, which is ludicrously cheap for a zippy wine that actually tastes of the grape it is made from. It's now back to its normal price, which is still very reasonable. I don't buy a lot of wines by the case, and when I do I normally regret it. But we're getting through this case briskly. Five bottles left. Another wine sunk tonight was the Massena Moonlight Run 2003 Barossa. Bought at around the same time for c. £10 a pop, I've drunk just 3 of the case to date. It's nice, but could do with just a hint more freshness and presence,

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At 3:41 PM, Anonymous Kinley said...

Funny old wine, Moonlight Run. The 2001 has aged well up until last year, but now seems to be losing 'freshness' but not acquiring complexity. I've noted a lot of bottle variation too. The 2002 was a fruit bomb initially, but seems to be settling. I've 5 bottles of 2002 11th Hour Shiraz from Masenna, but I'm not too hopeful that it will ever turn into anything special.

At 4:31 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Yep, it's a wine I've been impressed with in the past, but which is currently leaving me puzzled. Where will it go?

At 5:52 PM, Anonymous Alastair Bathgate said...

Hi Jamie

Although I paid much more than you (£6.99 a bottle) the Grüner Veltliner was fab when I tried it - see http://www.alastairbathgate.com/2007/04/24/gruner-veltliner-from-tesco/

At 7:17 PM, Blogger Peter May - The Pinotage Club said...

But we're getting through this case briskly.

As a middle-class imbiber will you be commenting on the currently announced UK government campaign against middle-class people drinking wine at home?

I'd also appreciate your scientist's opinion on 'units' and whether advice on unit consumption has any scientific validity or are they just numbers picked from thin air

At 8:34 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

When I last told my GP how many units I drank each week (as honestly as I could) I realized it was a mistake. Now I say 28.

The number is plucked out of thin air, and I reckon it's very conservative. But I am not a doctor. There are so many factors to consider - pattern of consumption, individual variability, lack of data on effects, etc - that it is hard to set a scientifically meaning figure.

Doctors really should be working harder to tell us what we can safely get away with!


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