Ott's 2015 Feuersbrunner Rosenberg 1ÖTW Grüner Veltliner is a selection only from the oldest, 60-years-old vines, whereas in former vintages 45+-year-old vines were included. The 2015 opens with a fascinatingly clear, floral and herbal bouquet of great precision and individuality. With white-fruit aromas, but mainly mineral flavors, this is one of the greatest Veltliner bouquets I have ever sniffed. On the palate the wine is bone-dry, knife-sharp precise, elegant, finesse-full and rich in a reduced way. Less than 1 grams of residual sugar. Rich and juicy, but extremely sharp and mineral, with a great verve and livliness and a very long and salty finish. This is Ott's quintessence of Grüner Veltliner, and if I say Ott I am speaking of Mister Veltliner. A benchmark not only in the Wagram and a strong proof for the thesis that Wagram's loess soils do not necessarily give rich and creamy textured wines of great opulence. This Rosenberg is the wine to challenge the 2015s from Prager, Wachau. (SR)
Ripe strawberry and pear mingle with snap pea and cucumber for a mouthwatering aromatic display and a palate performance at once texturally rich and crunchy, sumptuous yet tinglingly fresh-fruited. The superbly sustained finish, at once soothing and stimulating, is transparent to a dynamic, kaleidoscopic interchange of luscious fruit and zesty fresh lemon with piquant pear seed, tangy pear skin, crisp snap pea, crystalline stone, and mouthwatering mineral salts. As with other Ott successes of this vintage, there is a mysterious depth of carnal and maritime savor, here conjuring one of those Burgundian Pinot Noirs about which one might ask, "How can these flavors be coming from grapes?" Most of the vines in what has become Ott's signature cru celebrated their 60th birthday this vintage, and they managed to escape the May hail that rampaged all around. (DS)
This radiates fragrance and spice: ferns and pepper, yeast and juicy, yellow pear, mirabelle plums and aloe vera. All of this is on both the nose and the palate and is combined in a harmonious, balanced parcel of rounded goodness. It treads a fine line between opulence and freshness but does not stray from its perfect high wire act. (AK)
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