2016 Bernhard Ott "Am Berg" Grüner Veltliner Niederösterreich (Biodynamic)

SKU #1337440 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Lovely, herb-tinged fragrance—as fresh as aloe vera and as aromatic as fig leaf—jumps out of the glass in this wine. The palate contributes yeasty earthiness and concentration, all highlighted by freshness and verve. The finish is clean and zesty. (AK)  (7/2017)

91 points James Suckling

 Lots of lemon, in fact you get the zest, the pith and the juice in this vibrant, lighter grüner veltliner. A surprising amount of depth at the finish. Drink now or hold. Screw cap.  (10/2017)

K&L Notes

The Ott family has been growing and producing wine in the region of Wagram in Lower Austria since 1889. Bernhard Ott is of the fourth generation and has managed the winery since 1995, when he took the helm from his father, expanding the estate to 28 ha in Feuersbrunn and Engabrunn. Bernhard Ott is a cult icon in the world of Austrian wine, leading the way in the Wagram region through meticulous vineyard management in some of Austria’s best vineyards. At a young age he has already received Austria’s highest accolade as Falstaff’s Winemaker of the Year in 2008.

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Staff Image By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/7/2018 | Send Email
Looking for a very serious white wine at a very un-serious price. Bernhard Ott “Am Berg” is a cut above. This Biodynamic Gruner boasts the classic white pepper, citrus, apple flavors and a vivid acidity. If you are a lover of a good Riesling, Pinot Grigio or some of the fruitier Sauvignon Blancs, this is a great variety to expand your horizons. With incredible mineral characteristics and a dry, zesty finish, this complex wine is a tastebud big-hitter. If you ever wonder what Wagram, Austria would taste like, its right in this bottle. With incredible snap of mineral notes and a dry, zesty finish, this is a great wine to dip your foot in the water for high end Gruner without the price tag. Had this with Indian food the other night but really pairs well with the hard to match vegetables. Enjoy!

Staff Image By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/6/2018 | Send Email
This is one of my favorite Gruners in the store, and I'm thrilled to see its return. Bernhard Ott is certified biodynamic, employing a "whole vineyard" philosophy by planting cover crops and adding compost to the soil versus fertilizing individual vines, and homeopathic tinctures and remedies to treat vineyard problems. This is one of my favorite wines to drink alone, but it especially shines with food. It's fresh, clean and has some texture without being a full-bodied wine. Notes of snap peas and cucumber lend a sweet green note with classic aromas of white pepper, melon and yellow plum. Just spectacular!

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/6/2018 | Send Email
This wine has a glacial quality to it. The flavor profile is cool, almost chilled, it is intense but builds slowly, and it has a gentle yet cutting acidity. Chilled grapefruit, soft mineral notes, and delicate spice on the nose. The palate is light, crisp, and mouthwatering, echoing all of the aromatics. This is serious Gruner and at a very reasonable price.

Staff Image By: Brian Fogarty | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/12/2018 | Send Email
Bernhard Ott was already a favorite Gruner producer here at K&L before I started so I cannot take credit for the introduction, but we can all bask in the beauty of the current offerings! 2015 was a lovely wine and a staff pick last year, but in 2016 Bernhard was able to add even more depth and complexity to this biodynamic wine. On the nose I found a variety of grapefruit notes (white and pink) intertwined with mineral water and white pepper. The weight on the nose was impressive for a Gruner and seemed to have a heavier yellow plum base propping up the citrus we are so accustomed too. On the palate the body is lush with grapefruit again and now key lime joins. There is a green leafy herb element that tries to conjure echoes parsley or cilantro. A very expressive wine by a master winemaker and a perennial K&L staple!

Staff Image By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/10/2018 | Send Email
"Am Berg" Gruner Veltliner from Bernhard Ott has become a beloved wine and go-to for us here at K&L. Consistent and delicious every year, 2016 vintage is brisk, fresh and crunchy. It's full of bright lemon and pomelo fruit supported by serious minerality coming from loess soil in the vineyard. Done entirely in stainless steel to preserve purity of fruit and freshness this wine still has great mid-palate that turns into long lasting finish.

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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.
Country:

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