And now for something a bit different. Today we introduce a new winemaker, a new country, and a new grape varietal. Isaiah Wyner, our Newton Depot manager, spent some of last summer researching and visiting wineries in Austria, and found some promising leads. Today we’re releasing the first.
There’s been much change over the last 30 years in Austrian winemaking, but that’s not to say that everything is new. The Salomon-Undhof estate dates to 1792, and their terraced vines overlooking the Danube have long been an excellent source. The country’s preeminent wine guide calls them a “figurehead of Austrian wine history.” Their style is what you’d expect from 225 years of history — clean, polished, and refined.
“Austrian wine” is nearly synonymous with Grüner-Veltliner, and indeed today’s wine is from this classic grape.
Salomon’s 2017 Grüner-Veltliner “Wieden” is a traditional, delicious interpretation of the grape. The nose shows lime rind, cucumber, and minerals; the mouth is pretty and brisk, with balanced acidity and notes of white flowers, apple, and peach. It’s a classic Gruner — unoaked, expressive and floral, but with a zippy, refreshing mouthfeel.
With the hot days of summer ahead, this wine needs no accompaniment — a cool glass on a muggy evening will improve your mood like little else. But for food, pick something with a bit of richness — the freshness of the wine cuts perfectly through veal schnitzel or creamy pasta.
Salomon-Undhof Grüner-Veltliner “Wieden” 2017
Ansonia Retail: $26
6+ bottle price : $22/bot
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