Sunday, July 23, 2006

Weingut Nigl Veltliner PRIVAT 2001

More Gruner Veltliner on tap this past week. Martin Nigl has become one of the top growers of white wine from his vineyards situated at the northern tip of the Kremstal. His PRIVAT label Gruner Veltliner is of Auslese quality, and I was fortunate enough to pick up a couple of bottles recently. When asked why his labels have dropped the word Gruner (meaning green in German) from his Gru-vey whites, his reply has been that there is nothing green about his wines.

Tasting notes > Golden yellow in color, almost Orangina. All red roses aromatically that preface palate coating flavors of nectarines, persimmons, honey, pepper and asian spices. Maple syrupy in texture but off dry. Distinctive.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Hiedler Gruner Veltliner 2004

I've been in a Gru-vey kind of mood lately, and my most recent Gruner experience was from the house of Wiengut Hiedler.

Tasting notes > Color - a pale green yellow. Beautiful nose of white flowers segues into mouthfilling flavors of limestone, minerals, white pepper and apples. Great clarity and precision here. Liked that it had weight, yet drank like it was incredibly light on its feet. Persistent on the finish.

Available @ MOJO Wines t 6565 6328

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Faiveley Bourgogne Passetoutgrains 2004

Tasting notes > Youthful looking ruby red. Aromatics incorporate grilled sweet meats and violets. Once in the mouth, all sweet plums with grippy tannins which are still a little coarse. Liked the sappiness inherent in the juice. The backend was a little short, but for a bourgogne rouge, this offers great value. A very accessible young Faiveley.

If you're local, Faiveley wines are available from Culina @ Culina Parkhouse t 6737-6227 and Culina Bukit Timah t 6468-5255.