Laurenz V Charming Gruner Veltliner (Kamptal, Austria)

Laurenz V Charming Gruner Veltliner

Gruner Veltliner has played a leading role in the revolution of Austrian winemaking over the past 15 years or so, and although it is still not quite as well recognised as the likes of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling, Gruner has made substantial inroads in the UK scene.  

Producing dry, fruity, and (usually) unoaked wines, Gruner offers a fantastic alternative to these varieties, and its popularity is only going to go one way as more and more people discover this fantastic grape.  Loved by sommeliers across the world for its versatility and ability to complement a wide array of dishes.

Laurenz V are one of the producers who have changed the perception of Austrian winemaking in recent years by promoting Gruner and singing its praises worldwide. Lenz Moser is the brains behind Laurenz V and the brand’s name is recognition that he is the fifth generation of one of Austria’s most famous winemaking families.

Lenz’s grandfather popularised Gruner Veltliner, turning it from only 2% of Austria’s plantings in the 1930s, to the country’s national grape in just three decades. Laurenz V is the only wine company in Austria that plants solely Gruner Veltliner, making the team experts in the field.

The Charming Gruner Veltliner is Lenz’s top wine. The grapes are grown in Austria’s Kamptal region and they ripen on granite, gneiss, mica-slate and loess soils. Cold air from the north lowers night-time temperatures to slow the ripening process. This is all crucial to producing the concentrated style of Gruner that has been turning heads: fresh, fruity, spicy, appley and with just the right amount of acidity.

Check out the video of Lenz and his beloved Charming Gruner Veltliner.

Author:
Rob Pickard
Date:
20th February 2014


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