Small world tasting notes


Bought this Taste the Difference Gruner Veltliner 2010 from Sainsburys today. Was looking for a refreshing but interesting white wine for dinner and this caught my eye.

It’s a good example, from what little I know, of Gruner Veltliner, with a combination of citrus, peppery honey and ever so slightly nutty flavours.

What separates it from the norm is not just the taste, but the fact that although it is fresh, it has a very oily, viscous texture for such a young wine. I believe that this is a character of GV from the warmer south of Austria and in the right context can be delicious, although I have enjoyed the lighter bodied, more ‘green’ and leafy styles of Gruner Veltliner from cooler climates a LOT! 

However, the small world story is that, by coincidence (and you’ll have to trust me on this), this wine was made by Markus Huber who I happened to meet this week at the London Wine Trade Fair as he participated in the Disrupt wine project, where the extra 10% of his Gruner Veltliner made all the difference (more on

Small world, good wine.