2013 Bründlmayer "Vincents Spiegel" Grüner Veltliner Kamptal (last of vintage) (Previously $69)

SKU #1207644 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 A creamy nose shows spikes of green freshness, reminiscent of fern or ivy. The palate holds peppery, citrusy spray with creamy generosity while white pepper and ripe pear appear at the seams. The long finish is whistle-clean. This will blossom into further aromatic intensity with a little age. Drink as of 2016. (AK)  (3/2015)

92 points Vinous

 From a vineyard that belongs to and is farmed and vinified by Bründlmayer’s son Vincent, this displays positive reduction in the nose in the form of nettle-like prickle, struck-flint pungency and sweet-smoky machine oil, these elements nicely complementing the cress, brown-spiced melon rind and tobacco displayed on a palpably dense yet juicily appley palate. The finish is energizing and engaging, invigoratingly peppery, and veritably seethes with smoky underlying savor. Expect it to continue becoming more expressive, as it has in its first year since bottling. Typically, the Bründlmayers will kick off fermentation with doses of some wine that has started up early and begun working smoothly through its sugar, but this wine fermented spontaneously, although they report that it was a rather long wait before that commenced. (DS)  (11/2015)

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