Grown primarily in Austria but also widely in the neighbouring Czech Republic,
Grüner Veltliner is a white grape variety that hasn’t yet taken hold anywhere
else. A fairly hardy vine, its current success is tied to the rocky soils found on
the slopes of the ancient volcanic calderas in these regions. Mostly intended to
be consumed young (a staple in the so-called “Heuriger” wine bars of Vienna),
it’s also known as being particularly food-friendly – suitable to serve both as an
apéritif and as a compliment to main courses.
In the mid-18th century, 20 hectares of land associated with Weingut Rudolph
Rabl began as a traditional farm with mixed crops and livestock. Then, having
added grape vines, the business was confined to providing bulk wine in barrels
to the local innkeepers up until the early 20th century. In 1986 Rudolf Rabl junior
(Rudi) joined his father Rudolf senior, which allowed the winery to expand to 80
hectares, becoming one of the largest estates in the Kamptal (the Kamp River
Valley) with 35% of the vineyards dedicated to the Grüner Veltliner variety.
The fruit derived from terraced vineyards near the town of Langenlois in lower
Austria, benefit from the desirable combination of rich löss (wind-blown soil) on
top of an underlying crushed stone bed; providing the necessary drainage for
healthy, mildew-free grape cultivation. The distinctive green raven icon depicted
on Rabl (little Raven) labels represents their line of very well made, entry-level,
single vineyard wines.
All in all, it’s taken some time for North American markets to catch on to white
wine styles other than the classic, enduring stars such as Chardonnay, Soave,
Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio. So, in the spirit of exploring the horizon at the
outset of spring – add this wine style to your DéClassé-recommended listing of
characterful dry whites: Sylvaner, Sèvre et Maine, Picpoul de Pinet, Vinho Verde,
Tsinandali, Pecorino and Gavi.
RABL LOSS GRÜNER VELTLINER 2013
VINTAGES – LCBO Product #295709 | 750 mL bottle
Price $ 14.95
Sugar Content Descriptor: XD
Made in: Kamptal, Austria
By: Weingut Rudolph Rabl
Release Date: Mar. 4, 2015
This is a bright, fresh and fruity wine with loads of ripe acidity and intriguing
mineral notes on the finish. Try serving with smoked fish, Wiener schnitzel,
roasted vegetable minestrone or Prosciutto and crostini.