BB Review: Huber Single Estate Grüner Veltliner 2016

THE WINE

BOTTLE: Domaine Huber Single Estate Grüner Veltliner 2016 - Austria

WHERE WE BOUGHT IT & PRICE: £10.49 at Waitrose, though we bought on offer for £6.99. 

ABV & TECH SPECS:  12.5% ABV

LET'S GET NERDY: Grüner Veltliner is Austria's signature grape and is indigenous to the country (FYI this means it came from there originally). The grape has natural high acidity and delicate fruit flavours like limes and lemons making it an ideal wine to serve as an aperitif and alongside food, especially Asian cuisines.

PARTY FACT: Whilst you may find some folks abbreviate this hard-to-pronounce wine by calling it “Groovy" or simply “Grüner", Angela’s mother, who happens to rate this as one of her favourites, struggles to remember or say either, let alone its actual name, and prefers instead to call it the "Grinner" – something she definitely does after she’s had a few.

THE VERDICT 

CARO: The playfulness of Love Hearts mixed with the nostalgia of the fresh baker's yeast my mum used to get when I was a kid. Or is it Hoegaarden?

ANGELA: This wine had a waft of different aromas including lemons, honeydew melon and kiwi, but the moment Caro exclaimed that it smelt like Belgian beer, the yeasty began dominating – although not unpleasant on its light zippy body.

KATE: This wine reminded me of hot summer days spent diving for rocks in the creek behind my grandmother's house in rural Wisconsin. The water was cold and sharp and the air hung over our splashing limbs, draping us with the humid sweetness of summer while the smell of wet pebbles wafted out of our hands and collected in piles along the bank. All that to say that this wine is wonderfully refreshing but has enough flavour and heft to go down like a wine and not like water, which is actually pretty great considering how quickly I can sometimes finish a bottle of water... I mean white. 

WOULD WE HAVE ANOTHER GLASS? Oh, for sure.