2017 Bründlmayer "Vincent's Spiegel" Grüner Veltliner Kamptal

SKU #1433268 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The dark yellow-golden colored 2017 Grüner Veltliner Ried Spiegel 1ÖTW Vincent is clear, fresh and precise on the slightly flinty nose. On the palate, this is a very elegant, fresh and crunchy Spiegel with just 12.5% alcohol. Its is less complex and long than the fabulous 2017 Ried Lamm but stimulating, fresh and grippy. Tasted at Schloss Gobelsburg, Kamptal, September 2018. Drink through 2030. (SR)  (12/2018)

K&L Notes

Proprietor Willi Bründlmayer places great importance on the ecological balance of his vineyards and only uses organic fertilizers for the cultivation of his vines. He relies on natural resources: no herbicides are employed and the vines are trained just above ground level to maximize on the beneficial effects of the soil's heat on the grapes. From 1947 and onwards, a selection of the estate's most valued wines have been stored in the 700-year-old "vinothek" (wine collection) in order to provide a historical archive for future generations. According to importer Terry Theise: "Generally considered Austria’s best winery, based on steadily outstanding wines across the entire range. Remarkable attention to detail for a large (by my standards at 60 hectares) winery. The wines are quite unlike any wines I know, not in their actual flavors, but rather the way flavors are presented to the palate. They are, it might be said, the Stradivarius of wines, distinguishable (and made precious) by the beauty of their tones."


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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5
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