2013 Neumayer Engelberg Grüner Veltliner Traisental

SKU #1229147 90 points Vinous

 This lightest of Neumayer bottlings in 2013 weighs in at a mere 12.2% alcohol and displays the levity to demonstrate it, which, given its infectiously juicy meld of snap pea, green bean, honeydew melon and cucumber tinged with cooling green herbs and faint rind-like bitterness, makes for an at-once caressing and refreshing libation of which you can easily drink a lot. All of that having been noted, I was unprepared for the extra dimensions of salinity and iodine-like minerality that developed in the course of 18 months’ bottle age, once again deliciously demonstrating what incredible value is offered by the best generic and ostensibly 'intro-level' Grüner Veltliners of this vintage. (DS)  (11/2015)

Wine & Spirits

 A reserved veltliner from limestone-rich terraces in Traisental, this plays tangy acidity off candied lime flavors, with a little ginger spice to cut through the rich texture.  (4/2016)

K&L Notes

Crystalline and vibrant in color with a yellow green tinge. An exciting and bright aromatic of fresh apples mixed with subtle baking spice and soft green herbs which give way to a palate of wet mineral and juicy white fruits which then give way to an elegant core of power and structure. Definitely has an addictive quality to this wine and you'll find yourself filling up another glass without even thinking about it. (Eric Story, K&L Austrian wine buyer)

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Gruner Veltliner

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