This is classic Wachau Gruner Veltliner. It is similar to the beautiful Rieslings but with an extra element of texture, white pepper, subtlety and mineral. The very best examples age incredibly well and tend to resemble quality white Burgundy therefore I suggest giving this wine a good 5-10 years in the cellar.
Domane Wachau is an old co-operative from the Wachau region that sources fruit from some of the best sites. Their entry level wines are from the best terraced vineyards (Hence ‘Terrassen’) available. Their single vineyard wines are site to behold.
‘Steep Terraces. Noble Grapes. Monumental Wines’ says the Austrian wine website and it is hard to disagree. A UNESCO world heritage site on the Danube that is 1350 hectares dedicated to quality Riesling and Grüner Veltliner. Some of the best white wines in the world are made here.
The jewel in the crown of Austria. Grüner Veltliner wines are reminiscent of Riesling but often with more density, less overt perfume and more spice. Ages well and becomes a reasonable facsimile of old White Burgundy. Makes up around 30% of total vineyard area.
The middle of three categories for quality Wachau wines. The must weight (sugar content) has to reach a minimum level and alcohol has to sit between 11.5% and 12.5% making it a lighter fresher style.