Grüner Veltliner has become one of my favourite grapes of the last few months. During September I tasted something over 400 wines, and my biggest surprise area was grüner. This Austrian one from Markus Huber was my standout favourite. Mineral, quaffable, peppery and aromatic. The nose here is inviting and spicy, but there’s a wonderfully textured body to this on the palate as well. There are loads of non-fruit aromas in here too. Hugely pleasing.
Alto-Adige in Northern Italy, has an endlessly fascinating Germanic heritage. It’s one of Italy’s far lesser known regions, and lagrein is one of the country’s lesser known grape varieties. Cantina Andriano’s Rubeno is an amazing starting point to dive into from here. Sour cherries, blackberries and violets dominate this aroma, and will be a treat for any fan of bolder, bigger reds. The tannins though are smooth, with a wonderful fresh acidic bite. While this complements food beautifully, it’s a great drinker to finish off long after the meal is finished.