Grüner Veltliner is one of my favourite white grape varieties. It’s pretty much restricted to Austria, although New Zealand has now started paying attention to this variety, which has a distinctive white pepper signature note.
This is a really good example from the Wienviertel region, close to Vienna.
R & A Pfaffl Grüner Veltliner Hundsleiten 2011 Wienviertel, Austria
From a steeply sloped vineyard with clay, sandstone and quartz soils. Delicate yet decisive nose showing sweet pear and white peach fruit with a some white pepper freshness. The palate shows rounded ripe pear and peach fruit and attractive pepperiness. I love the combination of sweet grapey, fruity richness with the fresh pepper notes. There’s even a hint of thyme here. A lovely wine. 93/100
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