BB Review: Kuhl Longview Grüner Veltliner 2017
If you like Picpoul, Gavi and French Sauvignon blanc…
this Australian Grüner Veltliner may just be the wine for you… but first, find out what we thought.
BOTTLE: Kuhl Longview Grüner Veltliner 2017 – Adelaide Hills, Australia
WHERE WE BOUGHT IT & PRICE: £13.50 from Oddbins
ABV & TECH SPECS: 100% Grüner Veltliner and 12.5% ABV
IF YOU LIKE: Light-bodied whites with crisp acidity, like Picpoul, Gavi and French Sauvignon blanc, this Australian Grüner Veltliner may be a bottle to branch out with.
GRU-WHAT?: GrOOOner Velt-lEEner… or Groovey, as those in the know call it, is indigenous to Austria and undoubtedly its most famous grape. Classically, it produces light-bodied wines that are slightly green in colour, they tend to be high in acidity and fruit flavours such as grapefruit, apples, and pears, and can sometimes be a little peppery.
BEHIND THE BOTTLE: Longview Vineyard is one of the most awarded wine producers in the Adelaide Hills. Started in 2001, it’s run by brothers Mark and Peter Saturno and is located just outside the historic township of Macclesfield
Adelaide Hills is considered to be one of the most up-and-coming wine regions in Australia and can be found just an hours drive from the city it’s named after. The ‘mount lofty ranges’, which sit up to 700m above sea level, provide a cool climate that’s perfect for grapes such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
CARO: Hello Autumn sipping! This wine has got all the warming vibes to keep you cosy during the mid-season, but with an added touch of acidity to keep it balanced and not too “in-your-face” boozy. It’s easy-going with a lingering cuddle that reminds me of poached pears in a warm dark chocolate sauce. Saying all this, I prefer my GV with a slight effervescence on the palate, and whilst this wine would be great for an early evening sipping sesh with ma Bitches under a blanket or chunky jumper, it’s not completely blowing my socks off. Take it or leave it.
ANGELA: I was very excited to try this wine, not only did it visually captivate me on the shelf with it’s artsy design and hefty weighted bottle, but also I’m a big fan of not only Grüner Veltliner, but this new trend in unusual planting of the ‘non-noble’ varietals (meant in an absolutely non-condescending way) outside their native lands.
But… it didn’t do it for me. Did I let it promise me so much with its enticing exterior? Sure there was a little zesty lime and apple on the nose, maybe a bit of lychee and at first its slightly oily texture alongside fresh acidity hit the spot. But it dissipated far to quickly and I struggled to find any nuances the Aussie land growing was bringing to the picture.
It was definitely drinkable and pleasant on the palate, but I want a little bit more from a £13.50 wine that I felt could’ve been a bit more interesting.
On a side note, I’ve recently had a superb GV by Waimea Estate in Nelson, New Zealand, which I urge everyone to seek out. Absolutely delicious!
KATE: On the nose, this pretty white wine smells like the first rays of warm spring sunshine hitting the wet banks of the stream that splashed through the wooded strip of land in my grandparents’ backyard in small town Wisconsin (which is home to many people with Germanic ancestry, like this grape!). The stony, zingy notes in this wine are reminiscent of that stream, which was always very cold and could be quite refreshing on warm afternoons (why did the adults in my life let a bunch of children play in a rushing stream without supervision???). However, there’s a heaviness to this wine– something almost buttery and sweet– that throws it off balance. If this Grüner was more mineraly and crisp, I’d nose-dive into the bottle the way I used to dive into that cold rushing water, but this slight sweetness is giving me pause. I’ll wade in up to my knees, but I’m not too keen on going any further.
WOULD WE HAVE ANOTHER GLASS? Caro’s going in for the kill.