2017 Bernhard Ott Am Berg Gruner Veltliner

When it comes to drinking white wine I often find it hard to get excited about what’s in the glass. I rarely encounter a bad or undrinkable white wine but it’s just not something that I jump at the chance to drink. On this blog and on Instagram I do tend to post a reasonable amount of Riesling, cool-climate Chardonnay or the occasional Chenin Blanc but the fact is these are the outliers. That’s why when I was first introduced to the unique Austrian grape variety, Gruner Veltliner, I wasn’t holding out much hope for the quality of the wine in the glass. It was truly a wine revelation for me, a few months prior I didn’t even know that they made high quality wines in Austria. The next thing I knew I was drinking one of the best damn white wines I had ever had. Now I know it’s a no-brainer to pick up a Gruner when I see one on the shelves. IMG_4414

This producer in particular is one I’ve been wanting to try for awhile. While this is Ott’s entry-level wine it’s still very well made and is grown in Wagram, which is located in the south of Austria. It’s yet another wine made with little intervention that uses natural yeasts and not a whole lot of sulfur.

This wine displayed the varieties distinct white pepper both on the nose and on the palate. The wines medium + acidity helped to lift the lemon, zest, citrus blossom and pear aromas that were displayed both on the nose and palate. The mix of lemon and pepper seemed to present almost like ginger on the nose. A touch of cream and chalky minerality help round out this wines flavour profile, which is quite delightful. The finish doesn’t quite stick around but this is a great wine for the price.

Have you ever had a Gruner before? What did you think?

Cheers,
Ben

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