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Jurtschitsch Stein Gruner Veltliner 2014

Gruner Veltliner from Kamptal, Austria
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12% ABV
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12% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Grapefruit, salt, and wet rock, refreshing, rejuvenating and appetizing – all these attributes are found on the nose and the palate. Stone fruit completes the array of aromas. Definitely a terroir wine. The structure is compact and tightly woven while the style is cool and elegant and a fine texture coats the mouth. The Stein is playful and refreshing, yet is by no means superficial.

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Notes of nettle tea and crushed nettle partner with tart conference pear on an ultralight but beautifully textured body. A super-clean finish offers lemon tartness that lingers refreshingly. This is made for light fish cuisine, such as steamed white fish with fresh lemon and parsley.
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Jurtschitsch

Jurtschitsch

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Jurtschitsch, Kamptal, Austria
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This splendid estate, which is referred to as the "house by the monastery", served as a winery for the monks of the neighboring Franciscan order well into the 18th century. Since 1868, the Sonnhof has been in the possession of the Jurtschitsch family.

As early as the 1930's the Sonnhof estate was renowned for its pioneering efforts in viticulture and in winemaking – efforts that drew well-deserved praise in the following decades, especially from the 1960's on. At that time the estate of Josef Jurtschitsch was the most highly awarded winery in Langenlois.

Climbing north and slightly east of the Kremstal region, Kamptal has very little vineyard area bordering the Danube River (unlike Wachau and Kremstal, whose vineyards run along it). The region takes its name from the river called Kamp, which traverses it north and south. Kamptal’s densely planted vineyards represent eight percent of Austria’s total.

The area experiences wide diurnal temperature variations like the Wachau but with less rain and more frost. Its vast geologic diversity makes it suitable for various experimentations with other varieties besides Grüner Veltliner and Riesling such as Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc (Weisser Burgunder), Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, St. Laurent and Zweigelt.

But the region is probably most noted for the beautiful and expansive terraced Heiligenstein, arguably one of the world’s top Riesling sites, as well as some of Austria’s most extraordinary Grüner Veltliner vineyards. Kamptal’s soils, which are mostly loess and sand with some gravel and rocks, make it suitable for Grüner Veltliner, so much so that actually half of the zone is planted to that grape.

Gruner Veltliner

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Fun to say and delightfully easy to drink, Grüner Veltliner is indigenous to Austria, where it has long maintained its status as the nation’s most important and most planted white grape.

In the Glass

Crisp and refreshing with plenty of lively acidity, Grüner Veltliner is marked by telltale notes of white pepper, citrus, peach, herbs and a bright minerality. While most are fresh and ready to drink early, there are a few styles to be found. Many high caliber single vineyard bottlings can benefit from cellar aging but the straightforward and easily quaffable Grüners often come in one liter size bottles—a convenient size!

Perfect Pairings

Grüner Veltliner is a wonderfully versatile wine. It can pair with just about any lighter fare, from seafood to poultry, or even notoriously difficult vegetables like asparagus and artichokes. Traditional Austrian Weiner Schnitzel is also a perfect match to the acidity and spice in Grüner Veltliner.

Sommelier 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.

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