2002 Weingut Pfaffl Grüner Veltliner "Goldjoch"

SKU #1011414

Are you tired of chardonnay but still crave the weight, texture and flavor complexity a good example from this varietal offers? The Pfaffl Grüner Veltliner Goldjoch is the wine for you! Two thirds of this wine undergoes barrel fermentation, which imparts an exotic tropical fruit, almond oil and spice aroma. The palate is rich, round, sexy and nougaty, with hints of ripe citrus fruits and pepper. The finish is long, lingering and full of juicy, lip-smacking, palate-cleansing acidity. The wonderful lift and structure in this wine keeps all the voluptuous, Rubenesque fruit from becoming heavy or ponderous.

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Gruner Veltliner

- Grüner Veltliner is the most widely planted grape variety in Austria, making up about a third of all the vineyard land in the country, according to importer extraordinaire Terry Thiese. The varietal has definitely increased in popularity of the past few years, as sommeliers and wine directors loaded their lists with this spicy white because it pairs well with so many things. Its bouquet has been described as floral, tending to toward musky, with hints of peppery greens, lentils, citrus and red fruit with a distinctive mineral quality. In the mouth the wine can be broad or precise, but is almost always distinguished by bracing acidity and flavors that mirror the nose. A notoriously good ager, you can drink GrüVes in their youth, or let them evolve in complexity in your cellar.


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