Gruner Veltliner, 2015. Circum

Gruner Veltliner, 2015. Circum

Item #: V0319W2IK
Vintage: 2015
Varietal: Gruner Veltliner
Vineyard/Appellation: Nitra Viticultural Area, P.D.O., Slovakia
Color: Pale Straw
Nose: Citrus, Nuts, Minerals
Palate: Light Fruit, White Pepper
Finish: Long and Smooth
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2020/Seafood, Light Meats, Fowl/13.5 % Alcohol by Volume

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Vino Nichta is a family winery in Eajkov, Slovakia, founded in 1997 by Bra?o and Mirka Nichta. Their focus is on quality and sustainability, planting historically relevant or appropriate varietals for given soils, which can showcase regional typicity.

The winery lies on some of the most historically relevant vineyard soil in Slovakia. Winemaking in this area goes back to the early Middle Ages and is connected with the foundation (in 1075) of the monastery in nearby Hronsky Be?adik. It was the migrating Benedictines from Burgundy who brought cultural, educational and technical progress with them, including viticultural and enological knowledge.

Not surprisingly, to the naked eye, the landscape and position of the vineyards is reminiscent of many European winemaking regions, though soil types differ and are mainly of volcanic origin. In earlier times, the reputation that surrounded the quality of this region's wines was so widespread that they were even distributed to the royal court.

Our selection is classic Gr?ner Veltliner - known in Slovakian as "Veltl?nske Zelen?." Here is a beautiful expression of the Tekov terroir, mirroring its stony, volcanic soils. Clear and bright, the wine's color has just a dash of lemon-lime tint. It has a medium-intensity aroma, with hints of freshly squeezed citrus, followed by crisp earthy minerality. The wine is dry, with very nice acidity, and a slightly poetic bitterness with walnut or almond character. On the palate, it is medium-bodied and finishes smoothly.

This pairs wonderfully with a light lunch or dinner salad, or a meal with fresh green vegetables from the garden. For entree pairing, a chicken breast, light pasta, or braised pork with some freshly ground white pepper is delicious.