2006 Weingut Donabaum Johann Grüner Veltliner Federspiel

SKU #1037525

This is a beautiful “Federspiel” Gruner Veltliner from Johann Donabaum, meaning it is slightly less intense than his Smaragd wines from the same vineyard. It has the classic Gruner Veltliner notes that you look for: minerality, wet slate, subtle stone fruits and a white pepper finish, all packaged in a lighter-bodied, very easy drinking wine. The Spitz vineyard sits at the base of two mountains and has gathered layers of sediment over the centuries: add vines that are between 30-45 years old, roots dug down very deep, and you’ll find a stunning, complex minerality in the wine as well.

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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.


- Austria is a well-respected wine-growing region in Europe. Yet, even though they make about a third the volume of wine as Germany, not many of these fine bottles make it to the shelves of American wine merchants or restaurants. Lucky for us, their anonymity has translated into incredible value from simple, everyday whites to exquisite dessert wines. Austria shares many grape varieties with Germany—Riesling is king here, too. But the style of Austrian whites is much dryer and more potent. Grüner Veltliner is Austria's second-most-important varietal and makes whites of great versatility and pleasure. Click for a list of bestselling items from Austria.