Must admit I have found it difficult to be really pleasantly surprised when I have tried wines with the Austrian national grape grape Grüner Veltliner. The grape is the most planted in Austria, accounting for a third of the country's vineyard area. The grape gives generally dry white wine with aromas of apple, grapefruit and a slight oiliness is not unusual.
To my delight, I can now reveal that I finally found a Grüner Veltliner wine that delivers the very best...
Leth Grüner Veltliner Scheiben Lagenreserve 2011 for 16 Euro
The wine comes from the family-owned producer Leth and located in Fels am Wagram in Austria. They're not known in Sweden as a quality producer in the past, but this is certainly because of Systembolaget´s buyer (swedish monopoly) limited focus.
The scent of the wine is mineral rich with subtle nuances of pear, honey and peach. The taste is heavenly good and a wine that seduces from the first sip. The taste is dry with diverse flavors of honey, pears, mandarin, peach and lovely minerals. And finally a oiliness that washes over the palate and settles as a fine silk blanket over your taste buds. Although the wine is at 14%, it has a great balance that only Grüner Veltliner at its best can deliver. Sehr gut!
What kind of food can you enjoy together with this wine? I think it fits together with a variety of salads with chicken or seafood. Have also tested with foie gras with great pleasure.