2011 Schloss Gobelsburg "Steinsetz" Grüner Veltliner Kamptal

SKU #1116553 91 points Wine Spectator

 Features a flowery aroma, offering broad, well-defined flavors of salted almond, blood orange and grapefruit, with notes of lentil and gooseberry. The powerful, mineral-driven finish ends with notes of white pepper and tarragon. Drink now through 2020.  (2/2013)

K&L Notes

Importer Terry Theise writes: "For many years this showed the most esoterically spicy side of GrüVe, as if it were fined with glacier dust and scree and stirred with a peppermint stick. The 2010 was markedly juicier, but I ascribed it to the vintage. This '11 continues the new pattern - if it is a pattern, because I asked Michi if the 'accent' of the wine was being changed on purpose, and he said no, suggesting that perhaps the older vines were creating another kind of wine. Mind you, this '11 is plenty spicy, minty and eucalyptus-y, but unlike the pre-2010 vintages it isn't obdurately firm and nippy. Vetiver, flowering fields and juiciness coat the bones; barky and pine-resiny. A completely original white wine!" (2012)

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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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Alcohol Content (%): 13