Frühroter Veltliner

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Frühroter Veltliner, ‘early-ripening, red-skinned veltliner’, is a white wine grape variety most commonly encountered in Austria, where plantings, mainly in the Weinviertel district of Lower Austria, had fallen to about 400 ha/1,000 acres by 2012. The wine produced is often less distinguished than that made from Austria’s most common grape variety grüner veltliner, being notably lower in acidity in many cases. Yields are also generally lower. dna profiling in Austria showed that Frühroter Veltliner is not related to Grüner Veltliner at all but is a spontaneous cross between roter veltliner and silvaner. It makes rather neutral wine and is well suited to producing white wines in a nouveau style.