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Ecker-Eckhof Grüner Veltliner

Grape: Grüner Veltliner

Region: Wagram, Donauland, Austria

Maker: Ecker-Eckhof, Kirchberg am Wagram, Austria

Non-Vintage

ABV: 12%

Grüner Veltliner (nicknamed GruVe) is a grape with a mysterious history.  According to wikipedia it has been connected to the Traminer grape and a mysterious grape found in an ancient, overgrown Austrian vineyard.  At any rate, it is grown primary in Austria and the Czech Republic.

There are GruVe wines at all sorts of price levels and levels of age-worthiness.  This one is on the lower end, but still quite good.  When I first opened the bottle, I had to re-check the bottle to make sure I wasn’t drinking sparkling mineral water.  There is a good deal of fizz in this wine, not too far off from the young Portugese wine called Vinho Verde which is often a little “lively” as well.  The minerality is really what dominated the wine at first.  I felt like I was chewing on a piece of limestone.

The bottle is a liter bottle, so I naturally didn’t drink it all at one sitting.  After a day or so in my fridge, it began to settle down a bit.  The minerals retreated and a grapefruity acidity sauntered into the gap.  Now it tastes more like a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc than a Vihno Verde, albeit a young Sauv Blanc.  At any rate, an enjoyable wine, but I’m not sure if I would buy it again.  If you like a stoney wine, though, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it more than I.

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