Tasting Notes: Winzer Krems Grüner Veltliner

I recently read this article on the wine of spring, Grüner Veltliner, and it sparked me to stop by Total Wine and pick up a bottle. I came across this wine by Winzer Krems that was recommended by a Total Wine employee, and I actually visited this winery when I was in Austria over Christmas so win-win! 

The Facts

  • Producer: Winzer Krems 
  • Region: Kremstal, Austria
  • Vintage: 2014
  • Variety: Grüner Veltliner - A white grape primarily grown in Austria, Slovakia, and Czech Republic. Click here to read more about this grape varietal at a favorite source of mine, Wine Folly.
  • Where I purchased: Total Wine
  • Price: $13.99
  • Eyes: This wine was an extremely pale straw color. I daresay it was almost clear. It was definitely a change from the reds we typically drink! Based on the color, I would guess that this wine is a light bodied wine.
  • Nose: This wine had a strong citrus aroma. The citrus was more lemon than other types, which is very appealing to me since lemon is one of my favorite flavors in cooking and otherwise. Besides the citrus, the only thing I could really pick up on in the nose was acid. I know that seems bizarre since you usually taste acid, but there was a certain tang or tinge to the nose when I smelled it.
  • Mouth: The citrus and acid that came through on the nose definitely showed up when I tasted the wine. The wine was very light and crisp, but I would actually consider it a more medium body (think 2% milk vs skim or whole). Other flavors that came through were lime and maybe a hint of green apple with some minerality. 
  • Thoughts: I think this wine is a great choice, especially as we head into spring and summer! It's so crisp and has a good acidity to it which makes it easy to drink in warmer weather. The acidity also lends itself to pairing well with a lot of lighter foods like fish, chicken, and even veggies. As mentioned in the article, Grüner Veltliner is actually a good pairing with asparagus which is notoriously difficult to pair with. I will definitely pick up another bottle the next time we have asparagus as our side! If you like a lighter Pinot Grigio or the citrus flavors of Sauvignon Blanc, I think this would be a great choice to expand your horizons!