(2021) This review is for the 2020 vintage, but note that some retailers are currently on the 2019. There's also a wide range of prices on offer, from £10 to £14, for this wine. It's a modern, sparky take on Grüner, a hint of spritz adding to that impression of liveliness and punch. The fruit has clear and ripe pear, yes, a little hint of pepper, and plenty of cirtussy freshness. The palate has that spritz, but also plenty of sweet, ripe, apple and pear and a zesty finish. A fine, modern Austrian wine. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas.
(2021) Roter Veltliner is an Austrian grape variety, not believed to be related to the more familiar Grüner Veltliner. Pear compote and light spice on the nose, a suggestion of creaminess. Loads of ripe, sweet and succulent pear fruit on the palate too, and there is texture, expansive, easy-drinking, but the appley acid balance is excellent. At 11.5% alcohol it is also a versatile everyday white.
(2000) Quite a deep yellow/gold colour and an alluring nose of honeyed peach, fig and wax. On the palate the initial impression is of luscious sweetness, but that quickly gives way to a pure fruitiness and grapefruit acidity that clamps down on the finish, leaving it dry and quite savoury. Lovely. The Roter Veltliner is a darker skinned cousin of the more familiar Grüner Veltliner.