Who else loves wine from New Zealand? I might be a little biased, seeing as I am a Kiwi, but hey, I am sure a lot of people agree that New Zealand makes some darn good tipples.
So that’s one reason I was excited to try this sample I received from Cellarmasters (thank you!). And the other reason is because I absolutely love wine made from the grape variety – Grüner Veltliner.
I came across Grüner Veltliner when I was working in the wine industry in Dubai. I pretty much fell in love with it’s apple-ly and citrus-y flavours immediately. While working in Dubai we were stocking a number of Grüner’s from Austria, which is where this grape variety originates and is mostly grown.
Grüner Veltliner typically produces a dry white wine with a decent amount of acidity. For me it matches well with Asian spices and I’ve also had it with a chicken parmigiana (aka parmie) at the pub before, and it went down a treat!
So how did we find this Ata Mara 2017 Grüner Veltliner from Central Otago in New Zealand? Here are our notes:
In the glass it’s a pale, nearly water-white colour. On the nose it’s a bit flinty with hints of apple cider, citrus zest and green beans. While in the mouth those smooth apple flavours flow through with a delicate yet slightly creamy texture. It’s refreshing and fulfiling with a nice citrus driven finish. Gorgeous!
This wine was sent to me direct from Cellarmasters as a sample, I was under no obligation to post about it.
All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy!