We wanted to start something new and fun to share with you. Ludwigs’ Backyard Wine Tasting with friends and family in our own backyard in Hillegom, The Netherlands. Not quite sure how often we will do this, but the plan is to do this as often as we can! A couple of days ago our order arrived. We always order directly from Austrian wine websites, like for example Weinshop24.at. This time four different and perfectly chilled Grüner Veltliners were waiting for us to be tasted.
Austria’s flagship grape: Grüner Veltliner
What do we know about Grüner Veltliner?
Gruner Veltliner is the signature grape of Austria, and by far the nation’s most widely planted wine grape. As Austria battles its way back to stardom on the international wine market, crisp, spicy Grüner Veltliner has been its flagship wine. The finest expressions of Austrian Grüner come from vineyards above the Danube River, in Wachau, Kremstal and Kamptal. Classic Grüner Veltliner wines show citrus aromas (lemon peel and grapefruit) complemented by fresh vegetal notes and the variety’s trademark hint of white pepper.
The four featured wines in our Backyard Tasting
Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Pichl Point 2013. Schmelz – Wachau
Weinshop24.at describes this wine as: Medium Green Yellow. On the nose, smoky, hint of tobacco-backed fine honey notes, delicate after fully ripe yellow apple. Palate: powerful, fine Extraksüße. Our tasting panel describes this wine to be elegant, friendly and ideal to drink at dinner. Ludwigs’ panel rates: 7 points.
Grüner Veltliner Gebling 2013. Buchegger – Kremstal
Medium Green Yellow. Delicate honey melon, hints of stone fruit, fine floral aromas, attractive bouquet. Juicy and elegant, sweet extract texture, finesse acid arc, adheres well, very good development potential, versatile food companion. Asparagus wine. That is what Weinshop24.at tells us about this wine. The panel rates: 8 points.
Gruner Veltliner Kreutles 2011. Veyder Malberg – Wachau
Kreutles is a flat layer at the foot of Loibenbergs with deep soils with higher yield potential. They provide well-structured, very drinkable Grüner Veltliner – the classic Wachau. Crisp and fruity. Very tasty and easy to drink on a sunny afternoon outside in the garden. Our tasting panel declares this wine to be their favorite. We totally agree on this outcome. Ludwigs’ panel rates: 9 points.
Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Loibenberg 2012. Domäne Wachau
Domäne Wachau describes this wine as follows. Medium greenish yellow; pronounced and open on the nose; spicy-smoky aromas, stone fruit underlaid with juicy exotic; powerful on the palate spice, some tobacco, smoky, salty. Typical of a wine from Loibenberg. Well chilled at about 10 ° C consumed, this wine shows very drinkable when young. The structure promises a stable development for another 2-3 years. Ideal for Austrian cuisine, for Wiener Schnitzel, the rump, the home cooking and roast veal. Even for many cheeses, it is the perfect companion. The panel enjoyed it, but compared to the other ones, it is not the winner of this tasting. Ludwigs’ panel rates: 7 points.