2015 Bernhard Ott "Rosenberg" 1ÖTW Grüner Veltliner Wagram (Biodynamic)

SKU #1310453 94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Ott's 2015 Feuersbrunner Rosenberg 1ÖTW Grüner Veltliner is a selection only from the oldest, 60-years-old vines, whereas in former vintages 45+-year-old vines were included. The 2015 opens with a fascinatingly clear, floral and herbal bouquet of great precision and individuality. With white-fruit aromas, but mainly mineral flavors, this is one of the greatest Veltliner bouquets I have ever sniffed. On the palate the wine is bone-dry, knife-sharp precise, elegant, finesse-full and rich in a reduced way. Less than 1 grams of residual sugar. Rich and juicy, but extremely sharp and mineral, with a great verve and livliness and a very long and salty finish. This is Ott's quintessence of Grüner Veltliner, and if I say Ott I am speaking of Mister Veltliner. A benchmark not only in the Wagram and a strong proof for the thesis that Wagram's loess soils do not necessarily give rich and creamy textured wines of great opulence. This Rosenberg is the wine to challenge the 2015s from Prager, Wachau. (SR)  (6/2016)

94-95 points Vinous

 Ripe strawberry and pear mingle with snap pea and cucumber for a mouthwatering aromatic display and a palate performance at once texturally rich and crunchy, sumptuous yet tinglingly fresh-fruited. The superbly sustained finish, at once soothing and stimulating, is transparent to a dynamic, kaleidoscopic interchange of luscious fruit and zesty fresh lemon with piquant pear seed, tangy pear skin, crisp snap pea, crystalline stone, and mouthwatering mineral salts. As with other Ott successes of this vintage, there is a mysterious depth of carnal and maritime savor, here conjuring one of those Burgundian Pinot Noirs about which one might ask, "How can these flavors be coming from grapes?" Most of the vines in what has become Ott's signature cru celebrated their 60th birthday this vintage, and they managed to escape the May hail that rampaged all around. (DS)  (2/2017)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 This radiates fragrance and spice: ferns and pepper, yeast and juicy, yellow pear, mirabelle plums and aloe vera. All of this is on both the nose and the palate and is combined in a harmonious, balanced parcel of rounded goodness. It treads a fine line between opulence and freshness but does not stray from its perfect high wire act. (AK)  (3/2017)

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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/25/2017 | Send Email
Gruner Veltliner, especially at $50 bottle, is often the pride of sommeliers and restaurant owners with its food friendly flavors and crisp, vibrant acidity, but it rarely registers on the radar in the retail game. With cases of California Chardonnay moving out the door at a breathless pace, there aren't loads of American white wine drinkers looking for expensive, esoteric options from the Wachau. However, if you're feeling adventurous today and you want to spend on something truly dynamic, engaging, and thrilling on an intellectual level, as well as just flat out delicious, then grab yourself a bottle of this 2015 Rosenberg release from one of the region's standout producers: Bernhardt Ott. This is like first-growth level GV with incredibly complex flavors of citrus and stone fruit, piecing minerality, and acidity that cleans your palate on the finish with a wave of richness on the back end. It's an outstanding bottle from front to back, but you've got to take the plunge first. Gruner isn't just for sommeliers and wine geeks, but for the time being they're getting all the good stuff!!

Staff Image By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/1/2017 | Send Email
This is undoubtedly in the top three of all the Gruner Veltliner's I've ever tasted. It's complex, precise and elegant. Bernhard Ott is a certified biodynamic grower/producer and this Gruner is a handpicked selection from his oldest vines, which are upwards of 60 years old. It starts with white pepper, moves into some greener notes of snap peas and fern, then comes back around to yellow plums, grapefruit zest and orange blossoms, which is a beautiful note that came across on the palate as well. It's bright, fresh and intriguing and I want to drink more of it immediately!

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/17/2017 | Send Email
Simply one of the most profound wines I've come across in a long time. This is a truly special reflection of varietal and place. Bernhard Ott (known to many as Mr. Gruner Veltliner) selects only the oldest (60+yr) vines from the "Grand Cru" site of Rosenberg for this very limited bottling. Whilst some of the reviews featured in this offering correctly draw comparisons between this wines quality and those of the greatest, most revered wines of the Wachau, its style is very different to the Prager, Knoll and Pichler wines. Whilst having just as much intensity and power Bernhard's wines are more focused, bone dry, and have searing mineral acidity. They are long and drawn out on the palate versus the uber-ripe, round Smaragd style. Think of it like the contrast between and big, rich, creamy California Chardonnay (more typical of the Wachau Smaragd style) and a fine, mineral driven Grand Cru Chablis (Ott's Rosenberg style). The amazing thing here is that this prolific wine, gown on old vines, in one of Austria's most heralded vineyard sites, from perhaps the best vintage in decades...is under $50!?
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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.