Diemersdal Grüner Veltliner 2013

August 9, 2014
by Christian
in What I Drank Last Night
with 1 Comment
Guten tag.

Guten tag.

Why Grüner Veltliner, Austria’s signature white wine grape? “Because I personally like it,” says Thys Louw of Durbanville property Diemersdal. And so 3ha of vineyard were established in 2009,  the first and only plantings in the country, with the 2013 vintage being the first to be bottled.

Floral perfume, some spice and a vague petrol-like note on the nose. Fruit forward on the palate with nicely coated acidity. Perhaps not as concentrated and long as it might be but unquestionably a solid first effort. Price: R70.

Score: 86/100.

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  1. Larry JacobsAugust 10, 2014 at 4:23 amReply

    What great news! A Gruner Veltliner in SA! I’ve been pioneering G V in Australia since our first vintage in 2010. Love the grape which just happens to be a real winemakers dream because of its amazing versatility in the cellar.
    Was pretty chuffed last year when our Hahndorf Hill Gruner 2012 was rated, in Vienna, as the top Gruner grown outside of Austria (best examples from Germany, Italy, USA, NZ and Australia were tasted.) (Just have to brag a little bit as I’m so passionate about this great variety!


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