It was hot and humid, not the most appropriate weather for gardening, but I needed to get my morning glory seeds in and start work on my raised herb bed. Clearly this was an occasion that called for a light refreshing glass, so I plucked a nicely chilled bottle of Dürnberg L & T Grüner Veltliner 2010 from the fridge. Weingut Dürnberg is located in the traditional wine village of Falkenstein, in the heart of Austria’s viticultural region. Vineyards have been documented there since the 12th century, and today it is still known as the “wine quarter”. The Weingut Dürnberg Estate is headed by native Matthias Marchesani along with his 2 friends and partners. They are focused on what they have named a “new Weinvertel style”; wines that have “an emphasis on freshness and cool acidity”. The terroir of the Falkenstein cliffs are made up of limestone and decomposing rocks that were shifted up from strata deep below the earth’s surface, and it’s from this that Marchesani is able to produce his “cool character” wines. [L & T stands for Light and Dry.]
Pale straw in colour, aromas of juicy peach and wet stones abounded in my glass. Fresh apricot and sweet peach flavours were energized by invigorating grapefruit notes in the light, airy body. Stoney mineral elements mingled with zesty green tobacco leaf in the brief yet pleasing finish. Crisp and refreshing, this is a breezy glass that rejuvenates on a sultry summer day, and is lovely on its own or with a light meal.
100% Grüner Veltliner
Bottled by Dürnberg Fine Wine GMBH, 2162 Falkenstein
* Rated 86 points by Wine Enthusiast