I love a Grüner for the palate arousing spritzy texture that beer drinkers (and I) adore. They’re not overwhelmingly fruity and offer excellent balance with savory herbaceous notes. If you’re intrigued by the sour beer trend but find most to taste more like kombucha than something you’d actually want to enjoy after work, I’m with you.
This wine from iconic producer, Nikolaihof, is something to try. I’m pouring it tonight for a fundraising event and thought I’d start my day with retasting it. Notes of underripe white pear, Thai basil, and mandarin on a sunny Colorado morning? Delightful. Excellent acid structure. Not the kind you get from a lot of Sauvignon Blanc where you’re not sure if you took a sip of wine or licked a 9-volt battery. The kind that gently pools under the tongue and has you going back for me and sad you need to spit because it’s 9 am (I’m a pro…I think).
This comes from Wachau. A place set in a steep-sided valley carved out by the river Danube in Austria northwest of Vienna. I’ve heard of some opportunities for boat tours in this region but have not experienced it myself. The bucket list continues to grow…
Now, if you were offended by my kombucha note, here’s redemption:
This wine is certified biodynamic by Demeter. Named for the goddess of the harvest, this is the only certifier recognized in the USA. This style of agriculture adopts organic practices but also brings philosophy and cosmology into the fold. “The vineyard soil is seen as a facet of a connected system of energy with the planet earth, the air, and other planets. Practitioners adopt their grape growing practices to coincide with the cycles of the planets, moon, and stars. Homeopathic remedies called ‘preparations’ are used to fertilize the soil, treat diseases, and ward off pests.” (Thanks, WSET)
Demeter USA requires that all the marks under the National Organic Program are met, but is actually far more extensive. The emphasis is greatly focused on on-farm solutions for disease, pest, and weed control, as well as in-depth specifications around water conservation and biodiversity.
Have you tasted this wine? Or another Grüner? Drop your comments and tasting experiences below!