This week’s featured wine, Salomon Undhof Wieden & Berg Tradition Gruner Veltliner 2009, comes from Austria, which is probably one of the most underrated producers of white wine in the world. Austria is best known to wine lovers as the home of Gruner Veltliner, a crisp, refreshing white wine. Gruner has been around for hundreds of years, but it is only quite recently that it has become known as a world class wine. Up until the 1980s it was primarily used to make jug wine, sold in 2 litre bottles, and purchased at bargain basement prices. The focus was on quantity rather than quality. Today, the quality has greatly improved, making Gruner Veltliner Austria’s most famous wine. Gruner Veltliner now accounts for 37% of Austria’s total vineyard area.
Salomon Undhof Wieden & Berg Tradition Gruner Veltliner 2009 comes from the Kremstal DAC in Austria. Kremstal was designated a DAC (similar to France’s AOC) in 2007 specifically for the area’s vibrant Gruner Veltliners and mineral-driven Rieslings.
Salomon Undhof was founded in 1792 and is now run Bert and Gertrude Salomon, the 7th generation in the family wine business. The Salomon’s own 25 hectares of vines planted equally with Riesling and Gruner Veltliner, along with a small amount of Gelber Traminer. All the grapes are hand harvested and undergo meticulous winemaking practices, all of which show in the excellent quality of their final product.
In 1995, Bert and Gertrude expanded their business to Australia, where they produce red wines from Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot.
The wine is a pale lemon colour with quite pronounced aromas of pink grapefruit, peaches, yellow apple, celery, and white pepper. It’s medium bodied with a round mouthfeel and refreshing acidity. The finish is very pleasant and lingering. $19.95 in Vintages at the LCBO
Pair this wine with pork tenderloin, wiener schnitzel , a grilled vegetable sandwich, or even sushi.