Crazy Creatures Grüner Veltliner 2014, Malat, Kremstal
Light, fresh, clean, lean green apple fruits with a touch of spice. Michael Malat suggests it as a breakfast wine; I would say lunch. Perfect sipped solo or with shellfish. There is a series of Crazy Creatures labels, signifying the fun ‘pop and go’ nature of the wines.
The Austrians were in town last week, and I tasted a fantastic array of scintillating white and red wines. The Austrians don’t really do cheap, but they don’t really do bad wine either; there was hardly a dud in the entire tasting. Grüner Veltliner is the national specialty; it ranges in style from crisp and dry to rich and textured. Either way, the wines are great to sip on their own, and are one of the most food-friendly wines of all.
A lovely racy acidity that is the hallmark of the 2014’s, but countered nicely by some classic Grüner spice and plump melon fruits, finishing dry. Lovely clean refreshing wine. Drink by itself, with seafood, or herby salads.
Michael Malat, like his father before him, makes a bewildering number of wines, most very good, and a few excellent, from a huge number of grape varieties. The sparkling wines are very fine,but it is his Rieslings and Grüner Veltliners that stand out for me. I am delighted to see they are now available in Ireland. If you fancy really treating yourself, the Alte Reben Höhlgraben for €32 is superb.
Available from Searsons, Monkstown.