Frühroter Veltliner grapes
This red wine grape variety is mainly grown and cultivated in the Weinviertel district of the Lower Austria. This grape variety is pink-skinned as to its appearance.
Apart from Austria, this grape variety is grown and cultivated throughout the regions of central as well as Western Europe.
Though this grape variety shares a very similar name to that of Gruner Veltliner, but it is to be noted that this grape is nowhere related to Gruner Veltliner and possesses all the qualities that are distinctive in its very own self.
Another important thing about this grape variety is that Frühroter Veltliner is not an original variety of grape. On the contrary, this grape variety is a cross performed in between Silvaner and Roter Veltliner.
This grape does not particularly demand any specific location and is very much resistant to both the winter as well as late frosts.
The grape of the vines of Frühroter Veltliner ripens very early if we compare it to other varieties of red wine grape. The resulting wines are very much neutral in nature.
Their content of alcohol is slightly on a higher scale if we compare it to other regular wines. The acidity of these wines falls on a lower scale.
The wines prepared out of this red wine grape variety are also considered to be somewhat herbaceous as well as light lemony in nature along with a few notes of almond.
This variety of red wine grape accounts only 0.9 percent of the total vineyards of Austrian today. The plantation of the vines of Frühroter Veltliner is slowly diminishing.
Moreover, in the recent years the plantation and cultivation of this red wine grape variety has been declined in the favour of more fashionable varieties of red wine grape such as Riesling and Gruner Veltliner.
This practice usually occurs when the grape variety becomes fussy. However, this is not the case with this grape variety since it can perform very well on a range of variety of terroirs.
The only challenge faced by this red wine grape variety is that this grape variety buds very early if we compare it to other grapes and because of this property this grape is very much vulnerable to spring frosts.
This variety of red wine grape is related to a number of important varieties of Austrian grapes. This grape variety shares Roter Veltliner as a parent along with the Zierfandler as well as Thermenregion’s Rotgipfler grape varieties.
At the same time, this grape variety is considered as a sibling to Neuburger which is nothing, but another Austrian grape variety, not so famous.
Apart from, Austria, there are many other regions of the world that are concerned with the plantation and cultivation of Fruhroter Veltline.
In the regions of France and Italy, it is permitted in the vineyards of Savoie as well as Alto Adige. At the same time, this grape variety also covers a small portion of land in the region of Czech Republic.
Frühroter Veltliner is known to the world under a number of names. In France, it is referred to as Malvoisie Rouge d’Italie. In Germany, it is known as Fruhroter Malvasier and Roter Malvasier.
In Italy, this grape variety is known under the name of Veltliner, whereas in Czech, it is known under the name of Veltlinske Cervene Rane.
Characteristics of Frühroter Veltliner wines
This variety of red wine grape is considered to be producing various flavoursome and tasteful wines. In fact, Frühroter Veltliner produces the wines that are fruity and powerful along with a bit of spice as well as hint of almonds when they are made into Eiswein.
These wines possess the colour similar to golden straw. They exhibit aromas of melon, peach custard as well as cashew nougat on a silky and a round entry to a relatively dry, light to medium body along with a note of crisp orange.
These wines are gently acidic wines and they present a bouquet which is herbaceous along with bitter almonds and whiffs of flowers.
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