Pichler-Krutzler Gruner Veltliner 2021 Review – A Fine Wine

Published by Jeremy.

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We always love a flavorful Gruner Veltliner from Austria, especially when it has a nice textural component from phenolics as well.

Pichler-Krutzler's Ried Klostersatz Gruner Veltliner from Wachau was one such bottle, and for quality like this, we just can't get enough.

Flavorful Austrian Gruner Veltliner

Pichler-Krutzler Gurner Veltliner

This Gruner Veltliner was pale lemon in color with medium aromas of lemon, lime, pear, yellow apple, peach skin, grapefruit, beeswax, white blossom, and wet stone.

On the palate, it was dry with medium(+) acidity, body, flavor intensity, and finish plus medium alcohol. We had flavors of lemon, lime, green apple, saline, wet stone, beeswax, pineapple, and peach.

This one had an upfront hit of lemon and lime but then opened up to more tropical notes, stone fruit, wax, and minerality that we quite liked with a subtle phenolic note on the tongue on the finish- a note we always love in a good Gruner Veltliner.

Gruner Veltliner Food Pairing – Couscous with Chickpeas and Herbs

Gruner Veltliner Food Pairing - Vegetarian Couscous

We paired this dish with a Mediterranean couscous dish with chickpeas, herbs, and more which brought out more stone fruit like peach and nectarine plus fruit skin. The acidity felt like it was tempered a little bit and some of the citrus was masked a bit more, with a lingering vegetal note on the finish with some herbs popping.

While I'd say that this was a good pairing, the slight drop in perceived acidity here due to the dish could be hit or miss depending on your tastes.

Score: 4 / 5

We'd buy another bottle of this one.

We always love a slightly minerally and phenolic Gruner Veltliner from Austria, and this bottle from Pichler-Krutzler checks all the right notes for us. We would more than gladly drink another bottle of this one!

Pichler-Krutzler is located at Oberloiben 16 3601 in Dürnstein, Austria. We purchased this bottle via our Picked by Wine.com subscription and enjoyed it in 2024.

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