Off to our local Bistro...I took along two bottles...the white from a mixed case of GV's which arrived while I was in England.
The red, a pack of 3 that I purchased in England.
Weingut Holzapfel Grüner Veltliner
Smaragd Achleiten 2009
Ripe apple fruit...seemed a little awkward at first...with the acidity popping it's head through the layed-back fruit. We had some Spicy Octopus as a starter...and the wine was given a kick up the backside. Suddenly...it showed itself with harmony and spicy minerals. Fuller...juicier...and fine structure.
After fellow Blogger Ed tried the 2004 I decided I needed to open a bottle of the new vintage.
Mount Difficulty Pinot Noir 2008
Central Otago, New Zealand
Black cherries...and a juicy style. No butt kicking needed here...it won't surprise you throughout tasting it....because what you smell is what you get. The dark fruit dominates the palate...which then shows a velvety touch and a reserved layer of tannins. Some spiciness and potential for a few years. The 2007 tasted a year ago had impressed me more...but we'll see how this one developes.