Grüner Veltliner - Weingut Brietenfelder
Crystalline gems from the Weinviertel.
Harald Breitenfelder comes from a traditional wine-and-farm family as is customary in the Weinviertel. Together with his wife he has focused the business completely on first class wine production. It is the typical size for an Austrian family winery, at around 18 hectares
He is part of a new wave of innovative winemakers who have been changing the reputation of the region. His approach is modern and ambitious and produces elegant and precise wines - several Grüner Veltliner of outstanding quality, elegant first class whites and stylish fruity reds.
The wines are serial award winners and after tasting the wines it is easy to understand why. Harald is one of our core winemakers for Weinviertel and we are very pleased and proud to be able to bring these wines to the UK.
They also have some lovely guest rooms if you are ever visiting the Weinviertel
Breaking into our consciousness during the last ten to fifteen years, Grüner Veltliner continues to excite and grow in popularity. This is Austria’s most planted grape. Grüner Veltliner deserves all the praise that it has been given. Not only is it a versatile grape in terms of style but it has tremendous ageing capability, allowing for some tremendous stylistic variations brought on through maturity. The serious versions challenge other lofty white wines very effectively, winning at blind and trade tastings and in the hearts and cellars of sommeliers.
Grüner Veltliner is a very food-friendly wine with a spicy, peppery nose and flavours of lime, peach, quince and honey. It is a grape that ages well and the depth of flavour intensifies with each passing year. Sweet wines and sparkling wines are also produced to great effect. Grüner Veltliner is a welcome partner to many foods that you would not immediately expect to match with a white - it is arguably one of the world's most flexible grapes at the table. Try it with foods you would have considered traditional red wine territory, and heavy reds at that, like Duck Confit or a Beef Roast.
So what is Grüner Veltliner like? It is often described as being spicy, with aromas/flavours which include green and yellow apples, freshly ground white pepper, meadow flowers, underripe melon, green vegetables, (green beans and freshly broken pea pods spring to mind), newly mown grass, a flinty minerality and undefined citrussy notes, sort of halfway between lime and grapefruit. Lentils, mustard, and cress are commonly cited. Fruitier examples may show rhubarb and strawberry aromas. Depending on where it's grown, there may also be tropical and stone fruit (peaches, apricots), an earthiness and a mossy/herby/undergrowth smell.
Grüner Veltliner Weinviertel DAC Weingut BreitenfelderOur favourite Grüner in 2014