Monday, November 22, 2010

2009 Laurenz und Sophie “Singing” Gruner Veltliner Austria

2009 Laurenz und Sophie “Singing” Gruner Veltliner Austria

In April 2005, Laurenz Maria Moser V., descendant of the famous Austrian Lenz Moser wine family, dedicated himself wholly to Grüner Veltliner with the support of two partners.

Five years later, five fine examples of Gruner Veltliner wines are made each year, under the names of: Sunny, Singing, Friendly, Silver Bullet & Charming.

Laurenz Maria's partner, Franz Schweiger, a trained accountant and economics expert, is responsible for the financial end of things; while Dieter Hübler takes care of marketing and distribution and Laurenz Maria concentrates on vineyard and vinification.

The enthusiasm for Gruner Veltliner combined with the family’s numerous decades of winemaking knowledge and experience, resulted in a new, more approachable style of Grüner Veltliner: subtle spice, elegant acidity, vibrant and playful on the palate and flattering on the finish. In other words, LAURENZ V. did not create a Veltliner of extremes, but of elegance and charm.

Laurenz Maria Moser V. inherited his knowledge from his grandfather, the legendary Professor Dr. Lorenz Moser III., who invented and developed the ubiquitous Austrian trellising system called the "Lenz Moser Hocherziehung", which revolutionized vineyard cultivation right across Europe.

His advice to his grandson was: "Concentrate on the important tasks in life and do them well. The art of good Grüner Veltliner is to cultivate perfect grapes and simply not ruin them in the cellar!"

Austria represents less than 1% of the world's wine production. Therefore, gaining recognition as a wine country means that a few points must be emphasized. Grüner Veltliner makes up a third of Austria's entire wine production and represents the best ambassador of Austrian wines. It is recognized one of the best friendly, bright, crisp and mineral white wines in the world.

Grüner Veltliner is Austria's showpiece grape. It yields concentrated, harmonious wines rich in finesse and with a long life potential. Veltliner wines are reliable in their development. They bring pure enjoyment in their youth, and guarantee utmost drinking pleasure in maturity. The grapes for Laurenz’s Gruners are sourced from trusted growers in Kamptal, Kremstal and the Weinviertel.

What young girl does not dream of working on a terrific project together with her father? But only a few girls are so lucky - or even have the right kind of father - for this to happen. For Sophie Moser, however, this dream came true. When Laurenz Maria Moser recently brought to the market his "Charming Grüner Veltliner" under the Laurenz V. label (read Laurenz “Five”), his daugther, Sophie, realized that he is alluding to five generations of the Moser wine dynasty. She then proposed to introduce the 6th generation as well. Her father happily agreed and “Laurenz und Sophie – Singing – Grüner Veltliner” was born.

The grapes for the Singing Grüner Veltliner are grown mainly in loess and gravel soils of the Kremstal region. By adding some Veltliner grapes from the Weinviertel region the wine takes on the typical spiciness and a touch of white pepper. The wine was vinified in stainless steel tank to preserve all its freshness and juiciness.

2009 Laurenz und Sophie Singing Grüner Veltliner Austria
Suggested retail price $12-$14
Imported / Distributed thru Empire

This wine is a new and refreshing concept of Gruner Veltliner that was primarily created for the fine wine trade. The eye catching label already expresses what the consumer will find in the bottle - a wine that sings on the palate and easy going on your taste buds! This lively and vibrant white boasts floral aromas and flavors of white core fruit and citrus mingled with enhancing minerality, refreshing acidity in a balanced, harmonious and very food friendly, versatile palate.


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Info partly taken and edited from the winery's website at

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