*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR folks for Wines of Austria.
I’ve been adding grapes to my Double Century Club application recently. This was a totally new grape for us. While I’m quite familiar with and very much enjoy Gruner Veltliner, I’d not previously gotten around to trying Roter Veltliner. I think this makes grape number 139 for us. It’s getting harder and harder to come across new grapes without individually hunting them down from internet sources! The wine for the night was the 2009 Leth Roter Veltliner. It has a screw cap, clocks in at 12.5% alcohol by volume, and retails for $17ish.
Four takeaways from this wine:
1.) I was surprised at how close, but different this grape was from Gruner Veltliner.
2.) To me the Roter Veltliner actually had a little more going on than regular Gruner, and I dug that.
3.) From a quick search of the internet, I only see a couple different producers for this grape that are imported to the US.
4.) This is definitely worth a try, and would be a crisp, clean wine to enjoy on a warm day.
On the nose I found white pepper, lemon, apple, dried herbs, honey, and exotic fruit. In the mouth I got stones, lemon, pear, apple, quince, and a lick of orange citrus on the finish. Overall I found that it had very crisp, clean fruit flavors and a nice tartness. I definitely enjoyed adding this to my list of grapes I’ve tried and would be excited to try it again.