2015 Bernhard Ott "Spiegel" Grüner Veltliner Wagram

SKU #1343016 92-93 points Vinous

 From vineyards split roughly 60-40 between loess and gravel, and whose location high on the Hengstberg captures cool air flows from its wooded crest, this combines glycerol-richness and an expansive sense of fullness with cut, refreshment and underlying stoniness. Honeydew melon mingles with rhubarb, scented by cinnamon basil, and the long, mouthwatering finish displays a fascinating mollusk-like meld of nuttiness, salinity and deep sweetness. (DS)  (2/2017)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 There are a number of intriguing notions on the nose: There is something nutty and rich, something mellow and yeasty, something green and lively, all tinged with the juicy ripeness of yellow-stone fruit. Not one of these impressions dominates, all of them catch your attention in a merry haze of flavors delivered against a firm backbone of freshness and concentration. (AK)  (3/2017)

K&L Notes

The Feuersbrunner Spiegel Erste Lage has soils of red gravel and loess, which some says lends a classic "pepperiness" to the Grüner. The wine is a classic example of Wagram Grüner Veltliner.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5