2016 Huber "Terrassen" Grüner Veltliner Austria

SKU #1335333 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Lemon and lime are just hinted at on the restrained nose. On the palate they are joined by friendly, juicy stone-fruit notes of ripe yellow Mirabelle plum. The palate is dry, light and juicy, with a delicate stature that leads to a zesty citrus finish. (AK)  (9/2017)

90 points James Suckling

 A bold white. Slightly tannic but this helps support the body. Discretely aromatic for a grüner veltliner with just a hint of pepper. Moderate acidity at the finish.  (10/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Huber's 2016 Riesling Terrassen has a clear, fine and open bouquet of ripe bright fruits and crushed limestone. Lean, straight and elegant but with ripe and intense fruit and pronounced acidity, this is a well concentrated dry Riesling that will gain complexity with bottle age. After the spring frost and a tricky vegetation period, Markus Huber is happy to report a "prototypical vintage" with "tremendous fruit flavors, piquancy and highly digestible wines."(SR)  (8/2017)

K&L Notes

The Huber family roots in wine growing date back more than 220 years. Their winery in Reichersdorf is now in its 10th generation and is run by Markus Huber. In the early 2000s, Markus took over from his father four hectares of vineyards that up to that point had been farmed to produce wines to be served in the family restaurant. Markus focused on elevating both the quality and the stature of Huber wines so that they would become a commercial success outside of the family restaurant. Focusing on the strengths of their region and the unique soil types of their vineyards, Markus fashions wines that display unmistakable clarity and bright fruit. The 2016 Huber Gruner Veltliner “Terrassen” Austria is sourced from several different single-vineyard parcels in the Traisental region, with vine ages ranging from five to 80 years. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and kept on the lees for three months. The result is fresh and bright with zesty citrus notes, limestone accents and subtle gingerbread flavors. Great energy and zest mark this wine as it dances on your palate. The ideal foil for green vegetables, spicy cuisines such as Thai, and also sushi or root vegetables. This wine is fast friends with foods that trip up most white wines.

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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.


- 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.