2015 Birgit Eichinger Hasel Grüner Veltliner Kamptal

SKU #1270020 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 The nose barely hints at the subtle joys contained in this concentrated, fresh but generous wine. Ample fruit-think yellow pear and yellow plum-is held at the core, tightly corsetted by fresh citrus. Full of verve, savoriness and joy. (AK)

91 points Wine Spectator

 A powerful and savory white, with concentrated green peach, apple and white cherry flavors, accented by sage and white pepper notes. Lemon curd and chamomile details show on the finish. Drink now through 2020. (KM)  (9/2016)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/10/2017 | Send Email
Just a beautiful little wine. Pure, fresh-textured with great drive and presence on the palate. Yellow stone fruit, spice, some green gauge plum, sugar-snap peas and white floral hints. Elegant and mineral infused. The name "Hasel," meaning "Hazel," is to represent the way early vignerons in the region used thickets of native Hazel trees to identify areas with good, deep loess soils that also happened to be perfect for vines! Birgit is one of the THE up-and-coming winemakers in Austria--she is held in the highest regard by her peers.
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By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/20/2017 | Send Email
This Gruner opens up with Golden Delicious apple, Bartlett pear and hints of spices. On the palate it has lovely creaminess and juicy acidity. It's done in stainless steel with no maceration, which gives it a lot of freshness and purity of Gruner Veltliner. As days are getting warmer this wine should be a necessary addition to your spring and summer drinking.

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/23/2017 | Send Email
A lovely, well-balanced Gruner that hits all the right notes! This wine has the classic fresh acidity and tangy power that you look for from the varietal, but at the same time there is a lovely creaminess on the palate, and a soft fruit note that pulls the wine together beautifully. With the added complexity of some time on the lees, this is a great example of Gruner with both a soft richness, and a light, crisp style.

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/22/2017 | Send Email
This wine spring in a bottle. Cool, crisp, subtly green and hinting at sun-ripened goodness. Great Gruner aromatics, floral, spicy with a burst grapefruit tone that makes me so happy. The palate it cool stone fruit, cool pear, and sweet green pea notes. It is clean and mouth wateringly refreshing. Something that I want waiting for me in my fridge when I get home at night.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 12
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