2012 Bernhard Ott "Am Berg" Grüner Veltliner Wagram
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 named him Vintner of the Year in 2008. These are grapes from various sites on the "Berg" (the terraced vines above Feuresbrunn) with loess-based soils. This exquisite Gruner is fresh, crisp, and well-defined, with classic Gruner aromas and flavors of green apple, stone fruits, and white pepper, with a snappy, mineral-driven finish. It is a sophisticated wine that is ready to drink and will pair beautifully with a variety of foods.