2015 Bernhard Ott "Am Berg" Grüner Veltliner Wagram (Biodynamic)

SKU #1268307 90 points Vinous

 Honeydew, fennel and lily-of-the-valley on the nose are joined by crunchy evocations of cucumber and cress on a bright yet subtly creamy palate that features positively invigorating phenolic cut as well as alluring inner-mouth perfume. Ore-like, stony intrigue lies beneath the surface of a buoyant, consummately refreshing finish. And this harmonious ripeness was ready for picking in mid-September, for a finished alcohol level of only 11.8 percent. Ott continues to purchase some fruit for this bottling from parcels whose organic farming and eventual harvest he oversees, though his goal for the near future is to rely only on vines he owns or rents. (DS)  (2/2017)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Friendly, crisp, fresh Conference pear flavors pervade nose and palate for a hit of crisp, green, refreshing fruitiness. The palate is smooth and balanced, light but fluid, mellow but fresh. The pear fruit lingers beautifully, rather languid for such a fresh wine. (AK)  (7/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Apple peel, white fruit, spice, glassy texture with a lovely pith on the finish. Substantial and chewy. (RH)  (2/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Ott's 2015 Grüner Veltliner Am Berg tries to balance a crisp freshness and a vinous character. The wine – a collection of younger vines and purchased grapes –opens with an intense but discreet bouquet of white pip and stone fruits along with lemon flavors. Intense, round and aromatic on the palate, this is a pure yet densely textured Veltliner with a lovely spiciness and salinity in the finish. Excellent quality for a so called entry-level wine. Crisp in the finish. (SR)  (6/2016)

K&L Notes

Bernhard is now fully biodynamic, and it really shows in the vineyards. He has life bursting among his vines, the soil is not compacted, and 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. 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.

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By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/17/2017 | Send Email
I have only recently discovered the world of Gruner Veltliner, which is a shame because I am forced to realize how long I have gone without drinking these delightful wines. Fortunately for me, seeing as I work for a company that brings in such delicious offerings of this fantastic variable. This being a case in point, seriously this wine has everything I want from this grape and area. Citrus blossom and herbaceous notes on the nose lead to a beautiful body, There is plenty of white stone fruit and apple that is driven and focused while remaining approachable. Long crisp finish and a low (only 12%) abv means this will be one of my go to wines this Spring and Summer.

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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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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 11.5
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