This is Gruner Veltliner that will blow and dazzle your mind, more reminiscent of Cru Burgundy than any GV we've tasted. The vines were planted in the fossil-rich limestone soils in the Neusiedlersee Hugelland village of St Georgen and like all of the former vintages of this wine, its signature scents showcase the special soil in which the vines were grown and not the typical varietal characteristics we associate with Gruner Veltliner of Lower Austria. As always, super special and super delicious. Never any oak footprint, only old Stockinger casks were used.
The wine is aged in old (Austrian) Stockinger casks. 13.5% alcohol. As importer Stephan Schindler of Winemonger notes, “the signature scents are those of the special soils in which the vines were grown, rather than what we have come to consider the typical varietal character of Gruner Veltliner from our experience with Lower Austria. The wine shows a greater affinity with fine white Burgundy than it does with grüner veltliner from the Danube regions like the Wachau.” The beautiful, aged nose of beeswax, honey, and subtle orchard and stone fruits. On the palate, an entry somewhat reminiscent of aged white Burgundy, followed by a whiplash of taut GV acidity and crazy length.
Note: Producer Roland Velich regularly does battle with the appellation authorities, who consider this wine "atypical" of Grüner Veltliner from St. Georgen. As a result, he frequently ends up leaving ST. GEORGENER or SANKT GEORGEN off the label. In this vintage years, he has redubbed the wine "STILL A SERIOUS WINE, STILL A GORGEOUS PLACE"