Gruner Veltliner – an Australian take on an Austrian wine

Wine menus at bars and pubs are becoming more diverse in varieties, thanks to more Aussies jumping on board the wine wagon, drinking and learning more about the drop they’re drinking.

It was just last week I was having a few sunny Saturday afternoon wines along the Yarra at Boatbuilders saturday_afternoonYard.

With wine being the drink of choice, there was one particular white on the menu that caught my eye. It was a Domaine Wachau Gruner Veltliner – An Austrian wine. It was positioned on the menu between a Riesling and a few Spanish wines followed by new beloved favourite, Fiano.
Intrigued to try, I asked the barman if he could tell me what it was like – “it’s quite mineral-ly… like licking a wet rock”.

Wow! What a description. I’m always fascinated by the way people describe wines. Some list off every tasting note under the sun, while others keep it simple, and interesting.

Based on this gentleman’s description, I just had to try it.

Verdict – while his description was certainly unique and quirky, my take on it would be ‘Riesling’s not so sweet sister’. It was very refreshing, light in colour, slightly fruity with a subtle sweetness.

Official tasting note –
“Bright greenish yellow; Offering enticing aromas of white pepper, delicate herbal notes, tropical fruits and hints of ripe yellow apple; Medium bodied with a crisp acidity, very harmonious, juicy fruits and spicy in the finish. A characteristic Federspiel, balanced and very typical.”

If you’re in the area, I highly recommend stopping off at Boatbuilders Yard, and giving this drop a try. At $10 a glass, or $48 for a bottle, I’d recommend you go for the bottle..

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Would love to hear your quirkiest wine description that you’ve seen or heard.

Until next time winos,


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3 thoughts on “Gruner Veltliner – an Australian take on an Austrian wine

  1. sophie armstrong says:

    Love your writing style. Very easy to read. Not too long. Interesting and informative x

  2. lyndonmaher says:

    Will have to try this one!!! Great post

  3. lyndonmaher says:

    Best label I like is lady’s who shoot their lunch 🙂 that’s a bit quirky

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