2017 Winzer Krems Grüner Veltliner “Sandgrube 13”, Kremstal DAC, Austria (Alcohol 12%, Residual Sugar 4g/l) LCBO $13.95 (750ml glass bottle)

I’ve forever been one to bemoan the lack of Austrian wine on the shelves at the LCBO, so it’s great to see a seriously affordable Grüner from Kremstal make an appearance relatively recently.

Whether you are a well-seasoned Grüner guzzler, or a newbie to the Grüner scene, this light-to-medium-bodied bottling is sure to appeal. With its simple fruit profile and spry acid profile, it’s fun to drink by itself but will also lend itself to all manner of lighter dishes and snacks. Personally I’m now craving the finger sandwiches from the legendary Zum Schwarzen Kameel, Vienna, as those would be the perfect match for this.

In the glass this pours straw with a hint of green, and offers a nose of clementines, white pepper, herbs, apricots, and lime. In the mouth you’ll find much of the same but with juicy, crisp acidity, a pleasantly ripe richness, and a pretty decent mineral finish. 

At $13.95, one really cannot go wrong with this. Highly recommended.

4 apples out of 5
(Four apples out of a possible five)


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Edinburgh-born/Toronto-based Sommelier, consultant, writer, judge, and educator Jamie Drummond is the Director of Programs/Editor of Good Food Revolution… And he wonders when he’ll get to Zum Schwarzen Kameel again?