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Lenz Moser Gruner Veltliner Heuriger (1 Liter) 2010

Gruner Veltliner from Austria
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    12% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Quality wine, dry. Wine growing area Burgenland. Greenish yellow, spicy and fruity. Fresh, spicy style with peppery components. Full and dry in the length. An uncomplicated but expressive and lively white wine for many occasions.

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    Lenz Moser, Austria
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    The name of Lenz Moser is inextricably linked with wine-growing in Austria. The current Lenz Moser estate winery in Rohrendorf near Krems, first mentioned in an official document as early as 1040, is considered the origin of departure for significant impulses aimed at preserving Austrian wine culture. For example, the "Lenz Moser high training system" was invented here, which revolutionised viticulture in the 1950's.

    Apart from its main estate in Rohrendorf, Lenz Moser also operates the castle winery of the Sovereign Order of the Knights of Malta in Mailberg/Weinviertel and the Klosterkeller (cloistral cellar) in Siegendorf/Burgenland. Not only the Lenz Moser high training system is put to use at these locations, but also other aspects of ecological winegrowing: Quality is given preference over quantity, and the focus is placed on organic fertilising, natural pest control, and environmentally gentle weed control.

    Appreciated for superior wines made from indigenous varieties, Austria should be on the radar of any curious wine drinker. A rather cool and dry wine growing region, this country produces wine that is quintessentially European in style: food-friendly with racy acidity, moderate alcohol and fresh fruit flavors.

    Austria’s viticultural history is rich and vast, dating back to Celtic tribes with first written record of winemaking starting with the Romans. But the 20th century brought Austria a series of winemaking obstacles, namely the plunder of both world wars, as well as its own self-imposed quality breach. In the mid 1980s, after a handful of shameless vintners were found to have added diethylene glycol (a toxic substance) to their sweet wines to imitate the unctuous qualities imparted by botrytis, Austria’s credibility as a wine-producing country was compromised. While no one was harmed, the incident forced the country to rebound and recover stronger than ever. By the 1990s, Austria was back on the playing field with exports and today is prized globally for its quality standards and dedication to purity and excellence.

    Grüner Veltliner, known for its racy acidity and herbal, peppery aromatics, is Austria's most important white variety, comprising nearly a third of Austrian plantings. Riesling in Austria is high in quality but not quantity, planted on less than 5% of the country’s vineyard land. Austrian Rieslings are almost always dry and are full of bright citrus flavors and good acidity. Red varietal wines include the tart and peppery Zweigelt, spicy and dense Blaufränkisch and juicy Saint Laurent. These red varieties are also sometimes blended.

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    Fun to say and delightfully easy to drink, Grüner Veltliner is indigenous to Austria, where it has long maintained its status as the nation’s most important and most planted white grape.

    In the Glass

    Crisp and refreshing with plenty of lively acidity, Grüner Veltliner is marked by telltale notes of white pepper, citrus, peach, herbs and a bright minerality. While most are fresh and ready to drink early, there are a few styles to be found. Many high caliber single vineyard bottlings can benefit from cellar aging but the straightforward and easily quaffable Grüners often come in one liter size bottles—a convenient size!

    Perfect Pairings

    Grüner Veltliner is a wonderfully versatile wine. It can pair with just about any lighter fare, from seafood to poultry, or even notoriously difficult vegetables like asparagus and artichokes. Traditional Austrian Weiner Schnitzel is also a perfect match to the acidity and spice in Grüner Veltliner.

    Sommelier Secret

    About 75% of the world’s Grüner Veltliner comes from Austria but the variety is gaining ground in other countries, namely Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the United States.

    EPC21909_2010 Item# 114397