Summer Superstars—

Wine styles come and go. Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Prosecco have both enjoyed A-List idolatry, but I’m backing a lesser-known grape from Austria to star this summer. Grüner Veltliner (you say it Grooner Velt-leaner) offers pristine refreshment, great value and plenty of decent own-label options in supermarkets. And if you splash the cash with an independent merchant, your pounds will take you to paradise.

OLLY’S PICK OF THE BUNCH

Classics Grüner Veltliner 2019 (12%), M&S £8.50. Great value for a crisp kitchen table white that ticks every box.

Definition Grüner Veltliner 2020 (12.50%), Majestic £8.99. From a range that hits the highlights, this youthful Grüner is a dazzler.

Rainer Wess Grüner Veltliner 2020 (12.5%), £9.95, thewinesociety.com. Piercing as a peach at the speed of sound and terrific value.

Grüner Veltliner 2019 Hochterrassen Salomon Undhof (12%), £13.95, leaandsandeman.co.uk. Stylish with uplifting refreshment and soaring zing.

WINE OF THE WEEK

The Best Grüner Veltliner 2019 (12.5%), Morrisons £8.25. A surging citrus carnival bringing freshness, exuberance and good-time sunshine.

This article was originally published in YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 25th April 2021

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