Abbazia di Novacella Gruner Veltliner 2018
From vineyards nestled in the Alps at an elevation of over 2,000 feet above sea level comes this beautifully fresh and vibrant Grüner Veltliner. From the glass leaps notes of crunchy orchard fruits and both the blossom and zest of citrus. On the palate you’ll find much of the same, along with a hint of pea shoots and a taut spine of gravelly minerality.
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Enticing aromas of spring flower, white stone fruit and alpine herb shape the nose. The rounded medium-bodied palate delivers creamy Bartlett pear, apple, juicy citrus and a smoky mineral note alongside tangy acidity.
A fruity gruner veltliner that shows pear drops and peach pit. Medium body, soft acidity and an uncomplicated finish. Drink now.
The 2018 Abbazia di Novacella Grüner Veltliner is showing a musky, savory bouquet, with notes of stone dust giving way to apricot and dried yellow flowers. It’s soft and understated, coasting along a core of cooling acids and minerals, with a drying sheen of liquid florals, as hints of citrus and kiwi slowly taper off. The 2018 may not impress with textural richness or primary fruit, but it makes up for it with feminine beauty and poise. Drinking window: 2020 - 2026
The Augustinian Canons Regular monastery of Neustift is located in the northern-most winegrowing region on the southern side of the Alps. The mineral-rich soils, the elevation (1,970 ft – 2,950 ft) and the cool climate are all factors which explain the intense aromas and flavours as well as fruity, mouth-watering acidity found in our wines produced from the typical white Eisack Valley grape varieties. The long drawn-out ripening period extending well into the autumn is crucial. The most widely-grown vines in our vineyards around Vahrn just north of Brixen are Sylvaner, Kerner, Gewürztraminer and Veltliner.
The monastery also owns vineyards in the warm central region of South Tyrol which supply the red grapes. They include the full-bodied, savoury Lagrein from the Mariaheim vineyard in Bolzano/Bozen and red wines from the Marklhof estate in the cool rolling hills of Girlan to the south of Bolzano where the grapes are harvested, crushed and the wines matured. The wines include Vernatsch, Pinot Noir and the lusciously sweet Rosenmuskateller ('Rose Muscat', the name deriving from the variety's typical scent of roses).
With over 850 years of experience coupled with state-of-the-art winemaking technology, top-class expertise and the enormous enthusiasm the wines generate among our employees, we succeed in producing wines bursting with flavour and varietal character year after year, to the joy of wine-lovers worldwide.
Fun to say and delightfully easy to drink, Grüner Veltliner calls Austria its homeland. While some easily quaffable Grüners come in a one-liter—a convenient size—many high caliber single vineyard bottlings can benefit from cellar aging. Somm Secret—About 75% of the world’s Grüner Veltliner comes from Austria but the variety is gaining ground in other countries, namely Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the United States.