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Bernhard Ott, Ried Rosenberg 1 OTW Wagram DAC Gruner Veltliner, 2018

White Wine from Other Austria, Austria
$73.99

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Bernhard pioneered organic and biodynamic winemaking in Austria after a trip to the Domaine Romanee Conti in Burgundy, where Aubert de Villaine was making the world’s greatest wines with biodynamics.

Upon his return to Austria he and fellow winemakers Johannes Hirsch and Fred Loimer established respekt-BIODYN, a community oriented group of biodynamic farmers committed to helping each other and the earth through biodynamics.

He even goes as far to make his own compost, a task most growers avoid, but which makes Bernhard giddy as a school boy when showing off his tarp covered piles. Composting may sound like a bunch of shit to some, but his heaping use of the stuff has enabled enough water retention that he doesn’t need to irrigate, even in these record breaking hot recent vintages.

Even though he’s been in charge of his 5th generation estate since 1993 (at the age of 21), he has never stopped experimenting, whether with vessels, stem and skin contact, farming techniques or different grapes. His ultimate goal has always been to prove that his single vineyards: Rosenberg and Spiegel were capable of producing world class, long lived wines.

Grüner Veltliner soars to new heights in his capable hands and even his first three tiers Am Berg, Fass 4 and Der Ott are some of the best values in Austria.

Professional Reviews

Wine Enthusiast

WE 93
"A creamy, lemony, green pear peel freshness shimmers on the nose. The palate comes in with mildness but also a pleasantly bitter phenolic edge that holds flavors of salty yeast, miso and sage. A very savory but also very harmonious wine with a lovely, long finish." -Anne Krebiehl

What importer Skurnik Wines has to say about this wine...

Grape: Grüner Veltliner
Appellation: Wagram DAC
Vineyard: Rosenberg
Soil: Loess and calcareous soils
Production: Stainless steel Short maceration on the press, fermented in stainless steel and left on the lees until bottling in the late Summer.
Farming: Respekt certified biodyamic
Classification: 1 ÖTW (Erste Lage, equivalent to Premier Cru)

The crown jewel and the top vineyard for Bernhard. The vineyards are in a sort of amphitheater which is open to the south but protects the vines from the wind (high elevation here, from 280-320 meters above sea level). Here we find the deepest, calcareous loess soils, up to 20 meters deep and the oldest vines, some of which were planted in 1956. This is the inspiration for Bernhard’s life’s work.

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Gruner Veltliner

  • Vintage

    2018

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Biodynamic

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied