Grüner Veltliner from Tesco

Now I don’t want to be accused of bias.  I buy wine from all over the place, but to be honest Tesco is normally bottom of my list despite it being the location of choice for most of our grocery shopping.

So in the interests of giving it a fair hearing, I recently purchased a couple of sample bottles, the first of which I will review here.

£6.99 for a Grüner Veltliner seems a good deal.  Tesco’s offering was “Singing” Grüner Veltliner from Laurenz und Sophie.

“Singing” Grüner Veltliner accompanied by my Dad’s old Spanish guitar (for some reason)…

On first pouring the wine was astonishingly pale.  But that did not mean it tasted insipid.  I found it resembling the best features of a Chardonnay and a Sauvignon Blanc in that it has smoothness and yet zest respectively.

A very long finish allowing you to taste the lemongrass and green apples as well as the trademark white pepper.  Unusually for a dry wine it goes really well with spicy food.  Quite by accident I discovered that it also goes excellently with Skittles (the sweet not the game).

For such a versatile wine, Grüner Veltliner is now firmly on my list of favourite new discoveries and I expect it to become ever more popular in the UK.

3 Responses to “Grüner Veltliner from Tesco”

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    […] of apricots and white grapefruit with a little spice (white pepper???).  Is Albariño the new Grüner Veltliner I wondered, or am I just behind the times.  Maybe both grapes are mainstream these days.  It had […]

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    […] Taste the difference Grüner Veltliner, Traisental 2006 compares well to the one I found at Tesco at similar price.  Both are a very worthwhile introduction to the grape at lower than most […]

  3. Alastair Bathgate Says:

    I tried the 2006 today. Nice flavours at first but faded a bit towards the end. Not so much lemongrass, and the apples had changed from crisp green to red.

    The finish was just as long but I am not sure I liked the wine quite as much as the 2005. However, I did discover that it goes excellently with creamy Brie….

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