A lovely skin-contact white wine made of 40% old vine Early Muscat and 60% Grüner Veltliner, the Nerthus is transparent to the point of brilliance, and its colour is youthful, shimmering gold. The nose is full of minerals, stone fruits (apricot/peach), and has this incredibly fresh smell that reminds me of the ozone in the air after a huge thunderstorm. Unlike the nose, the mouth is more Grüner-like than Muscat-like, but still, there are hints of tangerine and stone fruit. And like a Grüner, this wine will need a little time to take on its body and weight (though it will never become heavy or cloying). The finish is consistent with the mouth with maybe some spice. It is fresh and clean (in a good, not-at-all sterile way), and is a wine that I hope evokes an alpine white full of early spring life emerging from the snow-melt.
Size: 750mL ABV 12.5%
Suggested food pairings: Chicken, Pork
Suggested cheese pairings: Brie, Gruyere, Havarti, Mozzarella, Ricotta