Budget Wine: Skeleton Grüner Veltliner Burgenland 2013

skeletonTheir marketing is clearly aimed at the dead among us. But if you’re feeling life slipping away this “gru-vee” will give you a reason to hang on, especially at this price.

With apple, hints of white pepper and lime, and celery in the background, this doesn’t quite have the standard “salad bowl” aromas of Grüner Veltliner but there is plenty of depth and complexity.

In the mouth,  apple with mineral undertones dominate turning to lime and a pleasing chalkiness on the long finish. Medium body with some viscosity, with flesh on the bones this is enjoyable to sip as well as to serve with food.

Interesting, complex, and refreshing– what else do you want for a $10 bill. And it comes in a 1 liter bottle for those extra long nights where 750 ml won’t quite knock you out.

Burgenland is a warm region primarily known for its red wines so the flavor profile shows more citrus and weight than wines from the Grüner-centric regions to the North.

Grüner Veltliner is one of those wines the experts keep predicting will become the new go-to white wine. But Austria’s production is too small and they keep most of it for themselves, so I doubt these predictions will pan out. But these are terrific wines bursting with flavor and the better ones will age. Definitely worth seeking out.


Score: 88

Price: $10 per litre

Alc: 12.5%


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