2015 Allram "Strassertaler" Grüner Veltliner Kamptal

SKU #1254122 Vinous

 This constitutes the entry-level Kamptal wine chez Allram, and a delicious one it is for the price. (There is another inexpensive Grüner Veltliner from the family’s holdings in the adjacent Wagram, but I did not have a chance to taste its 2015 instantiation.) Here we have infectious juiciness and the crunch of fresh apple and cucumber on a polished and (even at 12.4 percent alcohol) quite buoyant palate, picking up incisive cress-like, peppery and chalky impingements en route to a rousing and consummately refreshing finish. (DS)  (2/2017)

K&L Notes

From some of the top sites in the Kamptal. Michaela Haas is the fourth generation of this family to run the 23-hectare domaine. Fermented and aged in stainless steel and bottled with a screw cap, this fresh, light, and snappy wine will be MVP at your next picnic.

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Varietal:

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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Austria

- Austria is a well-respected wine-growing region in Europe. Yet, even though they make about a third the volume of wine as Germany, not many of these fine bottles make it to the shelves of American wine merchants or restaurants. Lucky for us, their anonymity has translated into incredible value from simple, everyday whites to exquisite dessert wines. Austria shares many grape varieties with Germany—Riesling is king here, too. But the style of Austrian whites is much dryer and more potent. Grüner Veltliner is Austria's second-most-important varietal and makes whites of great versatility and pleasure. Click for a list of bestselling items from Austria.