GRUBER ROSCHITZ, MUHLBERG RESERVE, GRUNER VELTLINER

 

WEINVIERTEL, AUSTRIA 2016

 

In less than 20 years, a dramatic change in Austrian wine has occurred that is exciting wine lovers everywhere. To be sure, it can often be a challenge sifting through the 19 wine growing regions and the 34 officially recognized varieties grown. Yet Austrian wine producers have responded, wanting to establish a more focused identity for Austria by shifting away from vast quantities of Gruner Veltliners, Rieslings and Zweigelts with varying degrees of quality to much more consistent, terroir-driven wine with impeccable character and finesse – and indeed the wines are knocking it out of the park. Marking this change in philosophy is the concept of DAC (Districtus Austriae Controllatus), first introduced in 2002 to designate wines by appellation instead of grape variety, which considers regional style and flavor profile. The first official DAC to be recognized was the area of Weinviertel in Lower Austria where half of the world’s amazing, culinary-favorite white grape, Gruner Veltliner, flourishes. One of the producers leading this new focus and acclaim of Gruner Veltliner from Weinviertel is Gruber Roschitz and today we couldn’t be more excited to offer their newly released 2016 Muhlberg Reserve.

Located around the village of Roschitz in the western part of Weinviertel, the winery of Ewald Gruber, whose family has been producing wine since 1814, was passed on to three of his children, Ewald, Maria and Christian, in 2012. They have responded by taking advantage of the estate’s soils and microclimates, with vineyards comprised of granite partly covered by loess resting between 250 and 360 meters above sea level. Combined with relatively cool climate, the wines produced are elegant with delicious minerality, wonderfully capturing the regional-specific quality of peppery spice. As incredible as all their wines are, it is the Muhlberg Reserve's blanace between power and precision that is mind-blowing and takes my wine experience to the next level every time. Sitting on a steeply sloped, southern-faced hill and containing some of the winery’s oldest vines is the estate’s Muhlberg vineyard, which produces one of their most highly lauded and richest styles, earning the DAC Reserve status, a designate first introduced in 2009.

Gruner Veltliners designated as DAC Reserve are drier and fuller-bodied with oak aging allowed and Gruber’s Muhlberg Reserve is a standout, consistently earning high acclaim (93 points in 2013 and 92 points in 2015 from Wine Enthusiast). The just released 2016 is a remarkable achievement, with subtle hints of botrytis and oak complementing the core of tropical fruit and racy minerality, and is ideally versatile for a variety dishes, from classic Wiener Schnitzel to Mediterranean or Asian cuisine. With today’s offer of up to 20% off, bringing each bottle unbelievably to under $24, we suggest you stock up on one of our favorites from Austria!

 

 

 

*Offer is NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with the wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in May/June 2018. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Conicerge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in NY, TN and WI. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.