2017 Stagård "Handwerk" Grüner Veltliner Kremstal

SKU #1401947 90 points James Suckling

 Properly dry with lively acidity, but with a seductive touch of caramel and white pepper note that fill out the medium body. Drink now. Screw cap.  (12/2018)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Grüner Veltliner Handwerk is pure, intense and stony on the elegant, distinctive and wonderfully yeasty nose. Lush and round on the palate, this is a medium-bodied, well-balanced and quiet Veltliner with charm, tension and good length and body. The wine receives its body and vinous texture from the long aging on the lees. Tasted January 2019. (SR)  (2/2019)

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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.


- 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.