2011 Neumayer Rafasetzen Grüner Veltliner Traisental (last of vintage) (Previously $22)

SKU #1129792 Wine & Spirits

 This is highly perfumed, pepper and floral notes competing for primacy over sweet, peachy fruit. A slightly prickly acidity runs through it.  (4/2013)

K&L Notes

Single vineyard here, a wine that is a little less intense than Zwirch, with a bit more texture and a modest 12.2% alcohol. Rafasetzen is a GV that’s finely spiced, and the limestone minerality of the vineyard provides a tensile frame upon which the elegant fruit plays merrily with the piquant acidity. Shows some of the traditional GV Pfefferl finish, and benefits from the generosity of 2011's excellent ripeness.

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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 (%): 12.2