At home in the main estate in Rohrendorf, the Klosterkeller (cloistral cellar) in
Siegendorf and Schlossweingut (castle winery) of the Sovereign Order of the
Knights of Malta in Mailberg, Austria’s Lenz Moser vintners are building on a
legacy that dates to early in the 11th century! More recently, they’ve been hard
at work since the mid 20th century – progressively establishing high production
standards for a broad range of white and red wines. Among many innovations is
the required commitment by the contract growers to the practices of organic
fertilizing and the natural bio-control of pests and weeds – all aided by the use of
an innovative vine training method called high-trellising.
One of the most important grape varieties grown in Austria, making up approx.
30% of all planted vineyard areas, Grüner Veltliner is gradually regaining a profile
internationally due to a marked increase in popularity and availability on the export
market. It’s an extremely fertile variety that’s a hybrid offspring of parent Traminer
and St. Georgen grapes and requires rigorous pruning and yield regulation so as to maintain its distinct character. It thrives in the deep ‘loess’ (loose, wind-deposited sediment) soils found here in Niederösterreich (lower Austria).
Amply demonstrated in this offering is the fact that Austrian vintners deserve
more international appreciation, particularly for their indigenous, varietal wines
such as Blauer Zweigelt and this week’s DéClassé recommended, textured and
well structured Veltliner. If you like somewhat bigger whites such as barrel-aged
Chardonnay or Gewürztraminer, then you’re in for a treat. Go on, at this modest
price-point – dare to give it a well-chilled whirl and be pleasantly surprised!
LENZ MOSER PRESTIGE GRUNER VELTLINER 2012
VINTAGES – LCBO Product # 71233 | 750 mL bottle
Price $ 13.95
Sugar Content Descriptor: XD
Made in: Niederösterreich, Austria
By: Lenz Moser Gesselschaft M.B.H.
Release Date: August 30, 2014
This is a subtly spicy white wine with some pepper and stone fruit notes. Try with
Asian fare such as Thai Kaffir lime-wrapped chicken skewers, spicy Chinese and
Vietnamese dishes. Also pairs well with fish such as snapper and salads or with a
variety of saltier charcuterie and cheese.