Hugl Gruner Veltliner
Pronunciation: Groo-ner Velt-Leen-er
Gruner Veltliner is a variety of white wine grape grown primarily in Austria, Slovakia and th Czech Republic. Gruner Veltliner is known to put forth an inviting range of aromas from fresh, green apple to juicy tropical fruit and from white pepper to mineral-laden nuances on the nose. Gruner Veltliner is typically a medium-bodied wine that can cover the spectrum of dry to off-dry in style. This wine enjoys higher acidity levels and thus has a reputation as being a particularly food-friendly wine. In fact the Austrians pair this wine with many foods. From Wiener Schnitzel to the tougher veggies of artichoke, asparagus and brocolli to full-blown Asian fare – with sushi and Thai being pairing specialities, this white wine grape can go the distance on the food-friendly front, thanks in large part to the acidity associated with Gruner Veltliner.
This week we added the Hugl Gruner Veltliner to our collection.
This is a young family-run winery located in the north-east of Austria, in Ketzelsdorf-Poysdorf. The owners Sylvia and Martin Hugl strive to produce fruity, full-bodied wines that are typical of the region and the soils. They make use of the experience of their parents and combine it with their knowledge and modern techniques to create high-quality wines. To keep quality high they limit quantity by cutting back, thinning, and green harvesting. A careful handling of the grapes during harvesting is as necessary, along with a cool fermentation in the cellar.
Gruner Veltliner represents about 70% of the winery’s vineyards. This is an intense and concentrated wine offering pleasant citrus and grapefruit aromas, exotic tropical fruits with a hint of freshly ground white pepper. Full-bodied dry wine with a firm mineral backbone, giving it the strength of character to work well with many cuisines.