Here’s one for the century club members out there – those of us trying to record tasting at least 100 different varieties of grapes. It’s one we don’t see very often in the BC market – in fact, this bottle of Grasevina or Welschriesling came from Croatia, but via Ontario.
The Grasevina grape is planted widely in Friuli (Italy), Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Albania and China. It has nothing to do with the great Riesling grape though – so don’t expect it to taste anything like that.
This wine is pale lemon in colour, clear and bright, simple and refreshing with a slightly bitter aftertaste of grapefruit pith and white pepper. Dry and with average intensity and acidity, it has a light nose with almond, citrus peel and orange oil.
This is not a wine to be overthought – enjoy it on a warm summer’s day, chilled and with friends. WSET Good.