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wine of the week 14/09/2008

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  Domaine Wachau (Austria) Wachau Collection Grüner Veltliner 2007
This week I attended a tasting organised by 'The Bunch', a small group of independent wine merchants including Berry Bros, Corney & Barrow, Lay & Wheeler, Yapp Bros, Adnams and Tanners. It was superb tasting, just crammed to the gunnels with characterful wines. It was such an antidote to big brands and the half a dozen big grape varieties, and I'm absolutely sure several of the wines on show will be featuring as 'Wine of the Week' or 'Wine of the Month' soon. This is a little star from the 300 year old cellars of Domäne Wachau, now under a dynamic young team headed by general manager Roman Horvath and enologist Heinz Frischengruber. Its a seriously authentic and delicious expression of 'Gru-V', with white pepper, herbal and floral notes set against sweet, ripe pear fruit. There's a hint of opulence on the palate, but such juicy orange acidity streaks through the finish that this is mouth-watering and brilliantly easy to drink. £6.50, Tanners.