New Grüner Veltliner Releases from Austria

As we noted in our report on Austria earlier this year, the Grüner Veltliner grape can be used to produce wines in a variety of styles, from inexpensive and fresh, lively wines to dense, ageworthy (and expensive) ones. We recently tasted two new releases in the first style – they are clean, crisp, fresh tasting and highly affordable. They’re from Klaus Wittauer (kwselection), one of America’s finest importers of Austrian wines. These wines will pair well with fish and seafood.

Anton Bauer 2011 Gmork Grüner Veltliner Wagram ($12) 89+
Gmork is one of our favorite offerings from Anton Bauer. It is a lovely fruit forward wine with citrus and herbs on the nose followed by a crisp attack of sweet ripe fruit, good acidity, and minerals on the palate. What a flavorful entry level Grüner–and you can’t beat the price!!

Steininger 2011 Young Kamptal ($11) 88
The 2011 Young combines Grüner Veltliner, Sauvignon Blanc and Muskateller. Pale yellow in color, it offers aromas of fresh green apple and exhibits a crispy mid-palate with high acidity and a long spicy finish. Only recently bottled, it is a delicious wine made for early drinking.

The photo is one we took of Grüner Veltliner grapes growing near the super-modern Steininger winery and Loisium in Kamptal. See our earlier article on Kamptal’s Loisium: Europe’s Best Wine Museum.

Mike and Don

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