It was a hot and steamy evening, even after the sun had set. To accompany our mostly grilled dinner of various vegetables with an avocado salsa, faux chicken patties and corn on the cob I gave a pour to Stift Gœttweig Messwein Grüner Veltliner 2010. Located on the eastern edge of the well-known Danube valley, the monastery of Stift Gœttweig was founded in 1083; the Benedictine order has been producing wine since the Middle Ages. Today the vineyards encompass 64 acres of mostly Grüner Veltliner with Riesling, Pinot Noir and also some Chardonnay vines. The wines are still made to exacting traditional methods, with a focus on elegance, balance and harmony. Messwein, or Altar wine, is made under the aegis of the bishop and must be produced using only natural methods. This is reflected in the “nature-friendly” cultivation of the vineyards, the use of only wild yeasts, and ageing in stainless steel tanks.
Pale golden straw, aromas of lemon and stone minerals rose from the glass. Fresh lime and juicy nectarine flavours abounded in the light body. Zesty pink grapefruit, spicy white pepper and sea salt minerals flourished in the lengthy finish. Crisp and easy drinking, this is a wonderful glass for the summer or with light dishes.
100% Grüner Veltliner
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