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Weingut Durnberg Tradition Gruner Veltliner Reserve 2016

Gruner Veltliner from Austria
    13% ABV
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    13% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Aromas of yellow apples, grapefruit, rose petals and a dash of fine pepper. The wine is straightforward and expressive on the palate. Juicy, great spiciness with mineral reverberation in the long finish. Delighted with characteristic freshness and animated elegance.

    Pairs perfectly with Huchen and Branzino, Tafelspitz and Wiener Schnitzel.

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    Weingut Durnberg, Austria
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    Dürnberg in the picturesque village of Falkenstein is managed by winemaker Christoph Körner together with his friends and business partners Matthias Marchesani and Georg Klein. “The three from Dürnberg“ are true wine enthusiasts and therefore constantly aim at the creation of wines with strong character that unite the traditional and the modern in a refined, sophisticated way. The mixture of limestone and loam comprise the typical wine soil – the terroir - of the region. Elegance, complexity on the palate and cool minerality are rooted here.

    No matter which measures are taken in the vineyards, the sustainable use of natural resources is at the forefront of Dürnberg´s care. As every detail of the vineyards is known, the team has formulated their own rules of eco-management. Only resources that are permitted for “controlled integrated production” are used. Because of this sustainable management, the Dürnberg team is proud of their healthy old vineyards with up to 60 years old vines! Dürnberg Winery is a “Leading Wine Producer“of the Weinviertel region and certified for its sustainable production.

    Appreciated for superior wines made from indigenous varieties, Austria should be on the radar of any curious wine drinker. A rather cool and dry wine growing region, this country produces wine that is quintessentially European in style: food-friendly with racy acidity, moderate alcohol and fresh fruit flavors.

    Austria’s viticultural history is rich and vast, dating back to Celtic tribes with first written record of winemaking starting with the Romans. But the 20th century brought Austria a series of winemaking obstacles, namely the plunder of both world wars, as well as its own self-imposed quality breach. In the mid 1980s, after a handful of shameless vintners were found to have added diethylene glycol (a toxic substance) to their sweet wines to imitate the unctuous qualities imparted by botrytis, Austria’s credibility as a wine-producing country was compromised. While no one was harmed, the incident forced the country to rebound and recover stronger than ever. By the 1990s, Austria was back on the playing field with exports and today is prized globally for its quality standards and dedication to purity and excellence.

    Grüner Veltliner, known for its racy acidity and herbal, peppery aromatics, is Austria's most important white variety, comprising nearly a third of Austrian plantings. Riesling in Austria is high in quality but not quantity, planted on less than 5% of the country’s vineyard land. Austrian Rieslings are almost always dry and are full of bright citrus flavors and good acidity. Red varietal wines include the tart and peppery Zweigelt, spicy and dense Blaufränkisch and juicy Saint Laurent. These red varieties are also sometimes blended.

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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.

    SHR104078_2016 Item# 337680