It's not every day we taste sparkling Gruner Veltliner and even when we do, we rarely find any with much redeeming value. Yet this tasty example made quite an impression on us. Which only makes because it comes from Austria’s oldest sparkling wine producer that was founded in 1842 by Robert Schlumberger. The 2014 Brut is 100% Grüner Veltliner that was aged for 15 months on the lees until disgorgement with a dosage of 11.5 grams per liter. All riddling was done by hand, which is rare even in Champagne! Aromas on the nose are inviting with notes of white flowers, scents of freshly squeezed lemon/lime citrus and salty sea air. The light-to-medium bodied palate continues in the citrus realm, joining flavors of crisp green apple and pear. The finish is very crisp with bright, zesty acidity and a subtle undertone of minerality. This is a very refreshing and unique wine that will be a fun addition to anyone's sparkling wine selections.
Born in Stuttgart, Germany, Robert was forced to go to work after his father’s untimely passing and apprenticed at Ruinart in Champagne. He went on to be the director there for many years and then met a woman from Vienna who was the daughter of a wealthy factory owner. They married a year later and Robert’s new father-in-law helped finance his dream of producing Champagne method sparkling wine in Austria with Austrian grapes. He rented vineyards in Vöslau, a small town south of Vienna, which is today part of the Thermenregion, and released his first sparkling wine in 1846. Robert quickly established a reputation for making the best sparkling in Austria and his successors ran the successful company over the next century until the 1970s when it was purchased by the German Underberg Company.