2014 Ebner-Ebenauer Birthal Grüner Veltliner Weinviertal

SKU #1229151 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* Pear sorbet and fresh grapefruit on the nose segue into a very peppery palate that alternates between pungency and subtlety—yeasty overtones swish that pepper around sinuous citrus zest flavors and finish with a concentrated earthiness. This is textbook Grüner from a rising star. (AK)  (9/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Weinviertel DAC Birthal has a clear and fresh, unpretentious bouquet of green apples and lemons followed by a lean, dry and vivacious palate with a peppery finish. The alcohol of this Grüner Veltliner is fairly high and quite dominant in the finish. The wine comes from 30-plus year-old vines on lighter, sandy soils and was fermented with selected yeasts in stainless steel. (SR)  (12/2015)

K&L Notes

Stylish and graceful with rich apple and spiced pear. This is an absolute pure delight to drink. It holds a fresh edge while maintaining all of the classic Grüner qualities. (Eric Story, K&L Austrian wine buyer)

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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 (%): 12.5