2016 Bernhard Ott "Am Berg" Grüner Veltliner Niederösterreich (Biodynamic) SKU #1337440


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From importer Skurnik Wines: "The Ott family has been growing and producing wine in the region of Wagram in Lower Austria since 1889. Bernhard Ott is of the fourth generation and has managed the winery since 1995, when he took the helm from his father, expanding the estate to 28 ha in Feuersbrunn and Engabrunn...Bernhard Ott is a cult icon in the world of Austrian wine, leading the way in the Wagram region through meticulous vineyard management in some of Austria’s best vineyards. At a young age he has already received Austria’s highest accolade as Falstaff’s Winemaker of the Year in 2008."

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  • Illya Haase
    By: Illya Haase
    K&L Staff Member
    Looking for a very serious white wine at a very un-serious price. Bernhard Ott “Am Berg” is a cut above. This Biodynamic Gruner boasts the classic white pepper, citrus, apple flavors and a vivid acidity. If you are a lover of a good Riesling, Pinot Grigio or some of the fruitier Sauvignon Blancs, this is a great variety to expand your horizons. With incredible mineral characteristics and a dry, zesty finish, this complex wine is a tastebud big-hitter. If you ever wonder what Wagram, Austria would taste like, its right in this bottle. With incredible snap of mineral notes and a dry, zesty finish, this is a great wine to dip your foot in the water for high end Gruner without the price tag. Had this with Indian food the other night but really pairs well with the hard to match vegetables. Enjoy!
  • Morgan Laurie
    By: Morgan Laurie
    K&L Staff Member
    This is one of my favorite Gruners in the store, and I'm thrilled to see its return. Bernhard Ott is certified biodynamic, employing a "whole vineyard" philosophy by planting cover crops and adding compost to the soil versus fertilizing individual vines, and homeopathic tinctures and remedies to treat vineyard problems. This is one of my favorite wines to drink alone, but it especially shines with food. It's fresh, clean and has some texture without being a full-bodied wine. Notes of snap peas and cucumber lend a sweet green note with classic aromas of white pepper, melon and yellow plum. Just spectacular!
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine has a glacial quality to it. The flavor profile is cool, almost chilled, it is intense but builds slowly, and it has a gentle yet cutting acidity. Chilled grapefruit, soft mineral notes, and delicate spice on the nose. The palate is light, crisp, and mouthwatering, echoing all of the aromatics. This is serious Gruner and at a very reasonable price.
  • Brian Fogarty
    By: Brian Fogarty
    K&L Staff Member
    Bernhard Ott was already a favorite Gruner producer here at K&L before I started so I cannot take credit for the introduction, but we can all bask in the beauty of the current offerings! 2015 was a lovely wine and a staff pick last year, but in 2016 Bernhard was able to add even more depth and complexity to this biodynamic wine. On the nose I found a variety of grapefruit notes (white and pink) intertwined with mineral water and white pepper. The weight on the nose was impressive for a Gruner and seemed to have a heavier yellow plum base propping up the citrus we are so accustomed too. On the palate the body is lush with grapefruit again and now key lime joins. There is a green leafy herb element that tries to conjure echoes parsley or cilantro. A very expressive wine by a master winemaker and a perennial K&L staple!
  • Lilia McIntosh
    By: Lilia McIntosh
    K&L Staff Member
    "Am Berg" Gruner Veltliner from Bernhard Ott has become a beloved wine and go-to for us here at K&L. Consistent and delicious every year, 2016 vintage is brisk, fresh and crunchy. It's full of bright lemon and pomelo fruit supported by serious minerality coming from loess soil in the vineyard. Done entirely in stainless steel to preserve purity of fruit and freshness this wine still has great mid-palate that turns into long lasting finish.


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