2020 Funkstille, Grüner Veltliner, From Niederösterreich, Austria
While Grüner lay dormant on the international market for centuries, it has recently begun to make headlines in the new world of wine drinkers, and especially in Australia. Reason being, this wine appears to be the missing link for matching wine and Asian cuisine. Within the depths of this Grüner bottle lies flavours of pear, grapefruit and (foreign to the Northern Hemisphere) lychee. There’s subtle spice and even vegetal characteristics which are perfectly balanced with a zesty amount of minerality. Together with a green chicken curry you have the old world of wine being brought together in the new.
2019 Laya, Garnacha Tintorera/ Monastrelle, From Almansa D.O., Spain
Basically, Spain is one big vineyard. There isn’t a region which doesn’t have vines in it. There are even wineries in Madrid.
Both the grenache and the monastrelle (mouvedre/ mataro) are vinified separately in stainless steel and then blended, so what you have is a clear expression of each vineyard, each grape and the ancient earth.
Like a firm handshake, there’s a seriousness from this wine, but also a reassurance from the quality and honesty of the fruit and producer.