Grüner Veltliner as you’ve never seen it before. This is Domäne Wachau’s homage to the versatility of the grape variety: Grüner Veltliner fortified with Grüner Veltliner brandy from the Wachau. V.D.N. stands for “Veltliner Doux Naturel” in the style of the southern French Vin Doux Naturel. The grapes for vintage 2015 were hand-picked from the single-vineyard Kirnberg in Rossatz, on the Danube’s dynamic south bank.
The grapes for Grüner Veltliner V.D.N. were hand-picked in mid-October at Smaragd-quality and fermented in stainless steel tanks. The fermentation was stopped by the addition of Wachau Grüner Veltliner brandy at a final residual sugar level of about 85g/L. This gives the wine a wonderful sweetness, but still with powerful body and elegantly spicy aromas. The wine was matured in wooden casks on its fine lees until the end of April 2016 in order to gain additional complexity.
Medium green-yellow with high viscosity. On the nose it’s very open and accessible, with warm fruit aromas; stewed apple, hints of exotic fruit, dried herbs, intense dark spices, smoky tobacco notes, dark chocolate. Punchy and tight on the palate, full-bodied and elegant with lots of spice, balanced sweetness and refreshing acidity. Long and very typical of the grape variety.