2005-06-20

Hallucinatory grass and home made lemonade

Hey, it looks very green... Oh no, hang on, that's the bottle, it's actually fairly yellow, albeit going watery at the rim. And the nose is big, aromatic, but I'm over the sauvignon blanc-a-like notion I had about this wine last year, so it's becoming clear that any grassiness is psychosomatic grassiness. So what is that nose? TallAsAVan does bang on about white pepper, but that isn't quite it, or it isn't all of it. Never mind, let's taste it and come back to the nose.

Watery, medium bodied, very very refreshing. Like home made lemonade - icy-fresh-water-&-lemon-juice-refreshing. But by golly, there is a wee bit of white pepper in there, especially in the finish, which is long and very satisfying. This is a good one. Back to the nose. It remains hard to pin down. Maybe a touch of caramelised sugar. It's a good un. Salomon Groovey gruner veltliner 02004, under cork, 15/20, from the Kremstal region of Austria to you via Oddbins for £6.49.

PS after a full glass of this the pepperiness comes through more clearly. Nice one, TallAsAVan.

2 comments:

tallasavan said...

Greetings Wideasavan. Couldn't agree more - the nose on this is very elusive indeed. I get some tart green apples and a hint of something florally sweet but it changes every time I open a bottle (last time under ripe peach and lemon blossom).

For now I am content to think this ethereal quality a great strength and tone of the great charms of Gruner Veltliner.

Later when it goes under plastic or screwcap we'll realise it was just the cork playing tricks on us.

tallasavan said...

Greetings Wideasavan. Couldn't agree more - the nose on this is very elusive indeed. I get some tart green apples and a hint of something florally sweet but it changes every time I open a bottle (last time under ripe peach and lemon blossom).

For now I am content to think this ethereal quality a great strength and one of the great charms of Gruner Veltliner.

Later when it goes under plastic or screwcap we may discover it was just the cork playing tricks on us.