2017 Alzinger "Ried Mühlpoint" Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Wachau

SKU #1377901 92 points Wine & Spirits

 From a vineyard at the eastern end of the Wachau, where it morphs into Kremstal, this is rich yet restrained, the sweet peach-pineapple-pear flavors countered by an umami richness. Think of a rich ramen stock with some bright points of herbal flavor; think of drinking it with sliced pork belly, with or without the soup.  (4/2019)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Ried Mühlpoint Grüner Veltliner Federspiel is from the lower part of the bottom of the Steinertal. The nose displays a clear, fresh and spicy bouquet of white fruits with refreshing lemon aromas. Fresh and bright on the palate, this is a lovely clear, crispy, salty-piquant, straightforward and stimulating Veltliner with stunning vibration and mineral/phenolic grip. Gorgeous! Tasted in Unterloiben, Wachau, September 2018. 2017 was an early vintage straight from the start, says Leo Alzinger. The water storage was good due to a wet spring and the flowering was very good. In early June it became very dry and hot and the heat wave remained until the middle of August. The vineyards on shallow soils suffered at this time. Luckily the rain came back and rescued the grapes. The weather became fine again, with warm temperatures until the middle of September. The harvest started around the 11th or 12th of September, and most of the producers were surprised by the acidity levels of the grapes. The Riesling grapes had at least eight grams of total acidity, which is quite high even for the Wachau. In 2017, it was important to protect the grapes from the sun with leaf management, says Alzinger, who thinned only the east-facing side, leaving the west-facing side completely closed.  (12/2018)

K&L Notes

From the producer: "In the mid 1970s Leo Alzinger Sr. inherited the winery from his family, who at that time had been selling the grapes they harvested to the Dinstlgut in Loiben. It was in 1983 that Leo Sr. decided to take on the challenge of producing and marketing wine himself. This ambitious endeavor gave Leo Sr. the opportunity to develop his own personal style of winemaking; a style that to this day has hardly changed. Precision, clarity, directness, elegance, and liveliness are just some of the characteristics that have been associated with his wines since early in his career."


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Varietal:

Gruner Veltliner

- Grüner Veltliner is the most widely planted grape variety in Austria, making up about a third of all the vineyard land in the country, according to importer extraordinaire Terry Thiese. The varietal has definitely increased in popularity of the past few years, as sommeliers and wine directors loaded their lists with this spicy white because it pairs well with so many things. Its bouquet has been described as floral, tending to toward musky, with hints of peppery greens, lentils, citrus and red fruit with a distinctive mineral quality. In the mouth the wine can be broad or precise, but is almost always distinguished by bracing acidity and flavors that mirror the nose. A notoriously good ager, you can drink GrüVes in their youth, or let them evolve in complexity in your cellar.
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Austria

- Austria is a well-respected wine-growing region in Europe. Yet, even though they make about a third the volume of wine as Germany, not many of these fine bottles make it to the shelves of American wine merchants or restaurants. Lucky for us, their anonymity has translated into incredible value from simple, everyday whites to exquisite dessert wines. Austria shares many grape varieties with Germany—Riesling is king here, too. But the style of Austrian whites is much dryer and more potent. Grüner Veltliner is Austria's second-most-important varietal and makes whites of great versatility and pleasure.