This is a wine to put on your shopping list for a few reasons. The 2009 Stadt Krems Grüner Veltliner is a model of balance for fruit/dryness, mineral/acidity, refreshing/satisfying – and as a bonus it is a great alternate to the been there and done that white varietals and regions. This wine does not walk on water, but it does demonstrate all of the above for 20$ or less.
Light in colour, this wine gently wafts Orange Crush soft drink with some very gentle yeast. The gulp shows a cocktail of citrus, tart orange-tomato and something close to fig. The citrus is supported by dryer accents and we start to build a strong foundation of our balance triangle. Next is the mineral and acidity – it has Grüner signature minerality along with an acid goodnight kiss. All and all this wine refreshes beautifully on a hot summer day, but also makes sure you don’t feel like you just had a citrus infused Perrier. Good Stuff!
Musical Match: This Stadt Krems Grüner Veltiner is grown near Vienna, the reputed gateway to eastern Europe. Russian composer Shostakovich’s music has travelled that route many times from east to west. His concerto for piano and trumpet balance his eastern European skills of classical music and his affinity for the burgeoning jazz scene inventing itself at the same time in the west. I think this mid sized orchestra performing in this video conducted by Jean Walter Audoli shows respect for the worlds that Shostakovic balanced so well and many of those sensibilities find their way into this wine.