Schloss Gobelsburg 2018

Skurnik Wines

Extremely fragrant and expressive.

Fine stone fruit notes and layers of subtle undertones with a nice racy finish.

– Central Market Tasting Notes

Overall Rating:


This wine is an okay bottle with the potential to become a dependable bottle.

  • + It’s a surprisingly good mixer.
  • – The flavor notes are more dense than subtle.
  • – Marketed as a sustainable wine but my mouth’s not buying the hype.

The Schloss Gobelsburg 2018 Gruner Veltliner is reminiscent of stone fruit in that like a peach, or cherry, or mango (my point here, stone fruit is a pretty broad category) when it’s good it’s great but when it’s bad it’s not even worth finishing.

A But-Wine

And this wine is just that, a but-wine. I don’t like it but the bottle’s open. I don’t want another glass but I need one, (it’s that kind of week). I don’t drink grape juice but it’s a surprisingly good mixer.


  • 1/2 a glass of wine (as generous a pour as your spirit allows)
  • about 2-3 oz of mango flavored sparkling water (it’s a stone fruit after all)
  • an ounce or two of vodka

And you’re well off to finishing the race this gruner vetliner promised.

I’m willing to give this but-wine another try, though not necessarily for the reason you might suspect.

But-wines have potential, they just didn’t measure up on the day. So they’re worth revisiting. That, and I have allergies which can play havoc on the t-buds. Plus as this is my first review, maybe I wouldn’t know a good gruner if it slapped me in the mouth.

And if you want a bit of fun, take a gander at the talking points listed on the Skurnik site. They are amusing, but wine buying is no laughing matter.


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And if you wanna teach me a thing or two, or more, about wine – my glass is always ready (comment section too). Cheers!

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