Velt. 1 Gruner Veltliner 2005
Gruner Veltliner from Austria
The nose is clean, displaying ripe apple and peach aromas. On the palate, mild acidity makes it crisp, while the firm mineral backbone gives it strength to work well with many cuisines. It can be paired with fresh salads, pasta, fish or Asian fare, but is ideal as a patio, pool, beach or boat wine!
Velt. 1 Winery
Velt. 1 is the Gruner Veltliner in the Graf Koenigsegg range of wines from Schloss Halbturn.
Since restructuring in 2001, the winery of Schloss Halbturn has set a new course and is
opening a new and exciting chapter in Austrian and international wine history. Biodynamic
principles were introduced in their 50 hectares of land in north Burgenland and a young,
international wine team has been employed.
The new team at Schloss Halbturn attaches
particular importance to grape selection and uses a very strict hand-sorting system. Only the
finest quality grapes reach the press, which is one of the most advanced and delicate presses in
Austria. The pressings are then sent to a modern, state-of-the-art winery cellar.
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The country of Austria is steadily growing in both wine production and quality. The rise in popularity can be partly attributed to the success of Grüner Veltliner, the most-planted grape of Austria. As a landlocked country Austria has a decidedly continental climate. Most Austrian wine comes from the region of Lower Austria, which happens to be located in the northeast corner of the country, but called as such because of its lower elevation level. Within Lower Austria are many sub-regions, the most well-known being Wachau, Kremstal and Kamptal. To the south of Lower Austria is Burgenland, known for producing good reds and sweet whites. Styria is the furthest south, on the border of Slovenia and produces very little of Austria's total wine production. Wein, or Vienna, is its own region as well, a little enclave inside of Lower Austria.
Beyond the delicious Grüner Veltliner, Austria's white grape varieties include Riesling, which can make both sweet and dry wines, Weschriesling, Sauvignon Blanc and some Weissburgunder, (we know it as Pinot Blanc). In reds the best grapes are Blaufränkisch, a red grape also found in Germany, which creates wines that are strong and structured, and usually from Burgenland. Another red coming out of the country is the indigenous crossing (one of the parents is Blaufrankisch), Zweigelt (zuh-VYE-gelt). This is a big and fruity red, usually best drunk young, and quite pleasing.
Austrian Wine Laws & Levels
Like Germany, wine quality is determined by the must weight of the grapes when picked – in other words, the ripeness level. Austria is fairly strict when it comes to their wine laws. The first level of quality is Tafelwein, regular table wine and by far the most produced. Next is Landwein, one step up from Table wine and with more regulations.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.