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2016 Pollerhof "Frau Mayer" Grüner Veltliner Niederosterreich

SKU #1344035

Tiny 65 year old vineyard, granite soil, a wine with a back story of the owner (Frau Mayer) giving the vineyard to Erwin Poller because she had observed his treatment of the vines in a neighboring vineyard, and thus offers the vineyard to him with the stipulation that she would receive as many bottles as she wanted for personal use. That was readily accepted and since 2006, he has made small amounts of this wine. It is basically his reserve Veltliner. Every aspect of wine making is carefully done, including carrying the grapes in small baskets so as not to bruise them and using a special natural yeast which he has created for his best wines. The label began as an old roll of wallpaper that he felt expressed the quality and the time of Frau Mayer herself.

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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.