2011 Petra Unger "Q" Grüner Veltliner

SKU #1107163

Founded in 1987 by Dr. Wolfgang Unger, and now operated by his daughter Petra, and Konrad Hackl, the 11 hectare Dr. Unger estate is located in the prestigious Kremstal and Wachau regions of Austria. Petra Unger’s range of wines include Classic and Reserve bottlings. The Classic wines have a maximum alcohol content of 12.5%, are delightfully fresh and clean with a fruit-forward, elegant style. The Reserve wines are ripened longer and typically exceed 12.5% alcohol. These dry wines are full bodied, rich and rewarding delivering long flavors that express a sense of place. Fruit for the 'Q' Gruner is selected from vineyards in Oberfeld and Gottschelle, located on a high plateau on the southern side of the Danube, where the Wachau valley transistions into soft rolling . It is a medium-bodied, crisp style, with apple, pear and lychee fruit aromas and flavors accented by classic Gruner green herb and white pepper highlights. This is meant for drinking young and fresh, and though it is highly versatile and will accompany a wide range of foods, it makes an exceptional pairing with sushi.

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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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