Hello lovelies and Happy Wine Wednesday! OMG – do i have a FUN bottle of crisp, white wine for you this week!
I hope you have been well – busy, active, steering clear away from this nasty cold virus that seems to be sweeping the city! Good grief! I, for one, can say that I am DONE with being sick and want to kick off my 41st year in a healthy way. And what better way to close a year and start a new one than with a super fun and fresh bottle of wine!
My review this week is for Smart Grasshopper’s Grüner Veltliner 2011 wine. Two things hit me first off when I saw this bottle. First – Holy GREEN label that looked more like a page out of an insect encyclopedia and second – what the heck does Grüner Veltliner taste like??? I chose this wine because I am studying wines from Hungary tonight and this is where this little fresh lovely comes from…
Grüner Veltliner is a native white grape variety to Austria where it boasts 30% of all plantings. Hungary has taken this variety and put their own spin on it with a pleasing effect and an incredibly low price point! Can I get a ‘Hell Yes!’
Ok – down to business. Smart Grasshopper’s Grüner Veltliner is clear and pale lemon-green in the glass. It had a pretty low aroma intensity and I caught gentle whiffs of stone fruit, lettuce and minerality.
On the palate is where this little wine really shines…It is very dry with high acidity and has a pleasing mouth-watering effect. It is medium alcohol at only 11.5% so two glasses isn’t going to floor you! It is light in body with medium + flavour intensity and notes of white peach, lemon rind, mineral, lettuce and a hint of perky white pepper spice. The finish was quite short but that didn’t bother me.
Are you ready for the price??? Yes, well – my suggestion to you is to stock up on this fun, funky springtime bottle for the incredibly affordable price of $11.99 at your local B.C. Liquor Store. Yes – you read that correctly…$11.99. I am thrilled with this little find and am thrilled to have tried a new grape variety I hadn’t tried before!
- This is a GGG ‘Hell Yes” wine at an amazing value!
- Perfect and FUN for spring and summer gatherings, picnics, or any idea you can come up with!
- Give this grape variety a try – it gives both Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio a run for the money!
- Pair with shellfish, oysters, light and crisp salads or a sunny afternoon.
As always – thank you for reading! You comments are always welcome and please let me know if you have any new favourites that you would like me to review.
Jana Vartanis-Klips (@JanaVartanisKli) said:
Happy birthday. I’m sure it was a good one. Mine was quiet, had to work. Yes, I love Gruner Veltliner, we have one at the store. I don’t know why more people aren’t trying it. Cheers!