As enjoyable as listening to a Michael Bublé album while he tickles his tonsils and vocal chords with his latest hits, our Lenz Moser Prestige Grüner Veltliner makes a memorable return to the palates, throats and stomachs of Ontario. Austria’s signature white grape has been providing enjoyment for locals and export customers alike for a long, long time. As the single largest planted variety, it makes up half the acreage in Lower Austria, the growing region between the Danube River to the south and the border with the Czech Republic in the north. Be it in the Heuriger taverns of Vienna where the locals down copious quantities of fresh new wine to pair with Wiener Schnitzel and an array of other local dishes, or in white table cloth establishments, Grüner, as the wine world has shortened its name, is to be found everywhere. Very pale straw yellow in colour with tinges of green, the nose usually has an unmistakable whiff of white pepper. Dry and medium bodied on the palate, the finish is long. Serve it solo on the patio on a hot summer’s day or night, or with a seafood salad, veal sausage, pasta Alfredo or steamed vegetables. A 91 James Suckling score completes our offer.
2018 Lenz Moser Prestige Grüner Veltliner V71233, $15.95.