WineMuse Review: 2012 Biohof Pratsch Grüner Veltliner Rotenpullen Organic, Austria

Grüner Veltliner is Austrian Wine 

This was the featured wine of the August 2014 #WineMuse podcast on Minstrel and Muse Audio Art Magazine. We tasted this wine live on the show. You can listen to our podcast and taste along as we discover the beauty of Austrian Grüner Veltliner.

The outstanding passion and innovative ideas of today’s young owner Stefan Pratsch are supported by his parents Wilhelm and Anneliese. Stefan decided at the age of 14 to make wine. His parents readily supported him and invested in this new family venture. Today the family winery is producing about 30,000 cases of wine.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Straw to pale gold.
Nose: Nutty, melon.
Palate: Some effervescence, crisp, lively, peach emphasized with food. Broader as it warmed with savory peach, nutty, with a lovely spike of acid and effervescence on the tongue. Some white pepper
At 25 minutes: Interesting nose. Like. Honey, nutty, peppery, creamy peach. Focused front palate, crisp/creamy nectarine, tingly.
At 40 minutes: Peach/honeydew melon, a hint of funk with herbal minerality.

Thoughts: Enjoyable food worthy wine. Classic pairing is Wiener Schnitzel (Viennese schnitzel). A little bit of fat to balance the acidity, like salmon, Thai food with spice and fat. Pizza and seafood perfect. Also pairs well with foods that are usually difficult to with wine, like asparagus and artichoke. Recommended.

Closure: Screw cap
ABV: 12%
SRP: $20
Made by: Biohof Pratsch
Country: Austria
Region: Niederösterreich
This wine was provided by Wine Sellers Ltd.

Biohof Pratsch is a relatively small, 13.5 hectare estate comprised of 13 single vineyards in the Niederosterreich region (Lower Austria) all maintained under organic certification for over 10 years by the Pratsch family, Wilhelm and Anneliese and their son, Stefan. Organic wine growing to them is more than just the elimination of pesticides, fungicides and artificial fertilizers, but rather part of a larger, holistic philosophy of dedication to the land and the quality of the wines.


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