2007 Bernhard Ott Grüner Veltliner Am Berg

SKU #1040548

At 11.5 % alcohol this wine really highlights what the '07 vintage is all about. 2006 was big, dense and hefty with alcohol levels a good degree to degree-and-a-half higher and much riper fruit character. Ott's '07s have a bright and racy acid structure akin to Sauvignon; they are snappy and light and show a great degree of soil influence. Bernhard is now fully biodynamic and it really shows in the vineyards. He has life bursting among his vines, the soil is not compacted, he sows multiple flowers and grasses in his rows to compete for water, aerate the soil, and return nitrogen back when he tills it under. In Austria he is a superstar, called Mr. Veltliner by his colleagues, and the press this year named him vintner of the year. These are grapes from various sites on the "Berg" (the terraced vines above Feuresbrunn). 89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium green-yellow. Apple, pear, tobacco and pepper on the nose. Juicy and vibrant in the mouth, with flavors of Golden Delicious apple, wet rock and grapefruit. A very well-balanced gruner veltliner that's perfect for everyday enjoyment and quite versatile with food. Drink now to 2012." (Nov/Dec '08)

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Staff Image By: Joel Nicholas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/1/2009 | Send Email
Are you ready to take your relationship with Grüner Veltliner to the next level? Do you love those eminently quaffable 1L bottles (and don’t we all), but you’re looking for something with a little more intrigue? Then let me fix you up with this wine. Driven by a backbone of minerality, but also loaded with plenty of green apple and creamy pear on the palate. Racy and charming.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 11.5