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SommSelect: Salomon Undhof, Grüner Veltliner, Wachtberg Erste Lage ÖTW Kremstal, Lower Austria 2013 - SommSelect

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Salomon Undhof, Grüner Veltliner, Wachtberg Erste Lage ÖTW Kremstal, Lower Austria 2013


The most prized examples of Grüner Veltliner come from the steeply terraced vineyards a short drive outside of Vienna, Austria. In my most recent trip there, I visited the town of Krems—located along tributaries of the Danube River—where terraced hillsides dominate the landscape above ancient towns. Looking up at the precipitous vineyards from the ancient village of Krems, it was hard to imagine viticulturists working these slopes. The terraced vines are so incredibly steep that farming seemed nearly impossible, though the locals of the region have been doing it for hundreds of years. This particular Grüner Veltliner comes from this steep area of the Kremstal (Krems Valley), from a top site, “Wachtberg,” and is made by one of Austria’s most highly regarded estates—Salomon Undhof. 2013 is one of the best Austrian vintages on record and today’s Grüner brings every aspect of great Austrian white wine into the bottle. It should be priced much higher, but because of a close relationship with the estate, we can pass the savings on to you and offer this high quality wine for an excellent price.


This wine comes from serious pedigree. Back in 1992, Salomon Undhof helped start the association of  Traditionsweingüter Österreich—an organization dedicated to producing only the highest quality Austrian wines from the most esteemed vineyard sites in their most prized winegrowing regions. For over two decades, this organization has studied vineyard sites to determine which vines are quality enough to be given the esteemed ÖTW classification, basically the equivalent of Grand Cru. The 2013 Wachtberg Grüner Veltliner is a bottling that reflects this prestigious classification from a perfectly exposed terraced vineyard in the Kremstal. Denoted by the Erste Lage ÖTW label on the bottle, the organization guarantees the superiority of these wines. While the styles of these wines can vary, depending on the location of the vineyard, the quality of each and every wine is usually incredible, but vintage and producer is important as usual. This is one of the best values we have offered to date for a top quality Austrian wine from a historic estate who has been producing wine for 7 generations. 

The Salomon Undhof “Wachtberg” Grüner Veltliner has a concentrated light golden yellow core that moves to green reflections on the rim. The aromatics are very lively and floral, including notes of white peach pit, green and yellow apple, melon peel, white pepper, radish leaf, cucumber, white flowers, a touch of honeysuckle and crushed rocks. The dense palate is rich, but immediately balanced by perfectly balanced acidity along with flavors of wild white flowers, green tropical fruits, spice and citrus; this wine is about as perfect of a white wine as I could imagine and this is a candidate for a desert island wine I could drink all day every day. I will certainly be drinking a lot of this wine over the next year and I also cannot wait to see how it develops with age. Please decant this Grüner for 20 minutes and then serve in white wine stems at just below cellar temperature (45-50F). Enjoy some today and do yourself a favor by putting away a few bottles in the cellar to enjoy in 10-15 years from now; each year, this wine is guaranteed to become more complex, as long as it is stored properly. For a traditional Austrian wine and food pairing, enjoy this Grüner with classic pork schnitzel served alongside potatoes.
This wine comes from serious pedigree. Back in 1992, Salomon Undhof helped start the association of  Traditionsweingüter Österreich—an organization dedicated to producing only the highest quality Austrian wines from the most esteemed vineyard sites in their most prized winegrowing regions. For over two decades, this organization has studied vineyard sites to determine which vines are quality enough to be given the esteemed ÖTW classification, basically the equivalent of Grand Cru. The 2013 Wachtberg Grüner Veltliner is a bottling that reflects this prestigious classification from a perfectly exposed terraced vineyard in the Kremstal. Denoted by the Erste Lage ÖTW label on the bottle, the organization guarantees the superiority of these wines. While the styles of these wines can vary, depending on the location of the vineyard, the quality of each and every wine is usually incredible, but vintage and producer is important as usual. This is one of the best values we have offered to date for a top quality Austrian wine from a historic estate who has been producing wine for 7 generations. 

The Salomon Undhof “Wachtberg” Grüner Veltliner has a concentrated light golden yellow core that moves to green reflections on the rim. The aromatics are very lively and floral, including notes of white peach pit, green and yellow apple, melon peel, white pepper, radish leaf, cucumber, white flowers, a touch of honeysuckle and crushed rocks. The dense palate is rich, but immediately balanced by perfectly balanced acidity along with flavors of wild white flowers, green tropical fruits, spice and citrus; this wine is about as perfect of a white wine as I could imagine and this is a candidate for a desert island wine I could drink all day every day. I will certainly be drinking a lot of this wine over the next year and I also cannot wait to see how it develops with age. Please decant this Grüner for 20 minutes and then serve in white wine stems at just below cellar temperature (45-50F). Enjoy some today and do yourself a favor by putting away a few bottles in the cellar to enjoy in 10-15 years from now; each year, this wine is guaranteed to become more complex, as long as it is stored properly. For a traditional Austrian wine and food pairing, enjoy this Grüner with classic pork schnitzel served alongside potatoes.





Country Austria
Region Lower Austria
Sub-Region Kremstal
Varietal Grüner Veltliner
Production n/a
Alcohol 12.5%
Oak Neutral
Soil Löss and Gneiss
Farming Sustainable
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Country Austria
Region Lower Austria
Sub-Region Kremstal
Varietal Grüner Veltliner
Production n/a
Alcohol 12.5%
Oak Neutral
Soil Löss and Gneiss
Farming Sustainable
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$25

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