2015 Pratsch Gruner Veltliner

$ 12.50

We currently have 39 in stock.

Pratsch has an eight generation history in cattle, grains and a few acres of vines, but when Wilhelm Pratsch took over in the 80's, he wanted to put modern techniques to work. After a few years of experimentation, he became all organic and matched crops to the right soil. After years of upgrading soil and nutrients, the program was working. His son Stefan took over winemaking in the new century with the goal of further improving quality.

Their main varieties are Gruner Veltliner, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Sankt Laurent, Zweigelt, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir. The vineyards have been treated organically with the result that the soils have a high amount of nutrients and retain water much better than the neighboring vineyards, thus adding to the continual stability of quality of the grapes and therefore the wines. With Stefan's intense desire to develop the clearest and most complex wines and with the help of the organic viticulture, the wines have been earning some of the highest recognition on various international tasting panels.

But, Gruner Veltliner, sometimes referred to in America as Gru-Vee (ed: we are having a minor internal conflict about this designation. It is initially cute, but becomes less so over time), has become a requirement for wine lists. In the 90's Austrian Gruner Veltliners began competing favorably with the greatest wines in the world. In general Gruner Veltliner produces very refreshing, tangy wines with a certain white pepper, dill, even gherkin character. The wines arespicy and interesting and in general this is because of the grape's own intrinsic qualities because the great majority of them, unlike Chardonnays, see no new oak. They are generally fermented in stainless steel and aged either in tanks or very old, large casks.

Exquisitely ripe Mirabelle plums on the nose are joined by crisp, green Conference pear on the palate and make for a wonderfully appetizing contrast. The finish is clean. This is probably exactly the sort of easy-drinking Grüner that inspired Austria's epic wine songs.

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An adult signature is required upon delivery, so please keep that in mind when shipping this gift to friends, family and peers.
There is no minimum.
Bottles are in perfect condition.