About This Wine
Sipping this wine just may transport you to the Danube River.
If you’ve seen those commercials for Viking River Cruises, you know what we’re talking about. Niederösterreich is Austria's largest quality winegrowing area, with Gruner Veltliner accounting for about 44% of the plantings.
Gruner Veltliner is favored among growers and vintners in the Weinviertel, in and around Vienna, and in those vineyards stretching up the hills from the Danube. The spectrum of styles ranges from the base for sparkling wine production to light-bodied, youthful and quaffable wines to rich, quite exceptional vintage wines and sweet dessert wines.
All styles share the recognizable mix of fruit and spice characteristics, which some have described as a melding of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris. In fact, that perception prompted the naming of the wine, as “Incompreso” translates to misunderstood. But once you’ve tasted the pretty 2017 “Incompreso,” everything will become crystal clear, much like the waters of the Danube.
About Grüner Veltliner
Matches Riesling's ability to capture the essential character of a particular vineyard through its crystalline clarity and purity of flavor (i.e. lack of oak treatment). Thus, it is very interesting to taste examples from different vineyards side by side, especially wines that have some age because, with time, they become more and more expressive of their origins. In Austria, however, it is still very much the tradition to drink the wine as young as possible, which is somewhat regrettable; and to drink them with food, which is absolutely correct. Grüner Veltliner is perhaps the single most versatile food wine in the world, often surpassing even Riesling because of its ability to pair with "difficult" foods such as artichokes and asparagus. Except for an occasional dessert wine made from botrytis-affected grapes, Grüner Veltliner is usually a full-bodied dry wine (up to 14% alcohol) with a firm mineral backbone, giving it the strength of character to work well with many cuisines. It is especially well suited to modern cooking that focuses on the fresh flavor of local ingredients and the variety is eagerly being embraced by creative chefs and innovative sommeliers around the world.
- Grape Composition:100% Gruner Veltliner
- Grape Source:Niederösterreich Growing Area of Austria
- Aromas & Flavors:Honeysuckle, Wet Stone Minerality, White Flowers, White Peach and Tangerine
- When to Drink:Now Through 2021
- Food Pairing Suggestion:rainbow trout with fresh sage and lemon butter.