Diemersdal Grüner Veltliner 2013
Winery Location: M58 Durbanville
Winemaker: Thys Louw
Background: The Durbanville wine region is one of the oldest wine regions in the Cape and Diemersdal Estate has history that can be traced back to 1698. An old leather-bound book dated 1705 lists 45 wine barrels, a wine press and glass bottles indicating that wine was being produced on the farm during this time. The farm is owned and managed by the Louw family for six generations, which means they have been producing wine since 1885.
Recently they launched the first-ever locally grown Grüner Veltliner, a white grape cultivar which originates in Austria. Thys Louw made the 2013 Grüner Veltliner from a three-hectare vineyard planted in 2010 in a mineral yet fruit-driven style which also characterises his signature Sauvignon Blanc wines.
When asked the reason behind this particular cultivar, he responded with: “Because I like it! I see great potential for this grape variety in the Diemersdal terroir. Grüner Veltliner has proven itself very fashionable in international markets and there is a gap for it in South Africa.”
Result: Pale green in colour with aromas of golden delicious apples, dried peach with subtle hints of sweet melon and citrus. Silky flavours of lemon curd and grapefruit greet the palate with savoury spice nuances on the finish.
When to drink: Now until 2016
Drink with what: This is a food-friendly wine so it will pair with most foods especially Asian-inspired spicy dishes. Also great with asparagus and artichokes as well as meatier dishes and of course the Austrian wiener schnitzel.
Expect to pay: R94.00
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