Brunn Grüner Veltliner 2014
Region: Neiderösterreich, Kamptal
Grapes: Grüner Veltliner
Sometimes you just want something easy, a cheerful white to satisfy most palates, to not demand too much from the cerebral lobe, but not so ubiquitous that it's a total bore. I can't recall who brought this bottle of Brunn grüner to a ladies clothing swap and potluck gathering a few weeks ago, but she insinuated it is one of her go-to's for basically that reason. And you really can't beat the price. It's a full liter after all.
Winemaker Karl Steinschaden and family run their estate in the northern Austrian region of Kamptal and, as is the custom in Austria, they bottle their table wines in liters with bottle caps that pop off with a churchkey, or the butt of a plastic lighter, if you're cool like that. They hand harvest their estate grown fruit, ferment with native yeasts and age the wine for a few months in large Slavonian oak casks, which helps it gain an extra bit of body, a little more midsection to hold onto.
The Brunn Grüner Veltliner 2014 has apple notes on the nose and palate, citrus and good acidity on the palate, though fuller bodied than a lot grüners, like the Pratsch, from the same region, which I wrote about last summer. Not surprising, my valuation of the Pratsch suggested a similar take-it-easy kind of imbibing. The Brunn has a slightly nutty, oxidative note, which I attribute to the time spent in large casks. Also this is nearing the end of the 2014 vintage and I would imagine the 2015 is a tad brighter. A decent finish even when a little warm proves quality. This is a great value, good with friends and will be your friend when you need one.