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The World's Most Expensive Grüner Veltliner
© i-Stock | The grape is as quintessentially Austrian as Sachertorte and Mozart.
It's hip, it's trendy, it's Austrian and it is surprisingly affordable.
By Natalie Sellers | Posted Saturday, 20-Oct-2018
Somms love Grüner Veltliner – or at least to do until it becomes mainstream – but there is more to this grape than simply the cachet of relative obscurity. Grüner Veltliner is to Austria what Pinot Noir is to Burgundy and Sauvignon Blanc is to New Zealand – a signature grape.
Grüner Veltliner's flavor profile is typically crisp and fresh with citrus nuances and white pepper notes, although spectacular dessert wines can also be made from the grape variety. The wines, which have long been appreciated in their native Austria, are only now beginning to make waves in the wider public consciousness. The distinctive red and white flag-inspired caps typically used to seal off the easy-drinking wines are an increasingly common sight at supermarkets outside Austria.
1. Weingut Emmerich Knoll Loibner Grüner Veltliner Trockenbeerenauslese, Wachau The Emmerich Knoll estate has gained cult status in Austria with its distinctive label lending it an air of reverence. The grapes tend to be hand-picked and the wines are generally designed to have some capacity to age. And the Grüner Veltliner Trockenbeerenauslese is certainly one of them; it costs an average of $131 with an aggregated critic score of 91 points.
2. Weingut Franz Hirtzberger Honivogl Grüner Veltliner Smaragd, Wachau Weingut Franz Hirtzberger is another stalwart of the Wachau Valley, a historic estate that's housed five generations of Hirtzbergers, the land itself having been under vine since the 13th Century. This particular wine comes from the Honivogl vineyard home to the estate's best Grüner Veltliner grapes. The Wachau Valley has its own classification system broken into Steinfeder, Federspiel and Smaragd; Steinfeder being the lightest and Smaragd the richest. The Honivogl Grüner Veltliner Smaragd is an accomplished example of the latter with an aggregated critic score of 93 points and the not extortionate price of $83.
3. Schloss Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner Eiswein, Kamptal Schloss Gobelsburg is a beautiful and very well-respected estate in the Kamptal region; it is one of Austria's oldest wineries, dating back to 1171. The winery was managed by the monks of the Zwettl Monastery until 1995 when the lease was taken by Willi Bründlmayer and Michael Moosbrugger. The Grüner Veltliner Eiswein is, as the name suggests, an icewine and although it is not expressly stated, it is probably safe to assume that it is only made in the best years when conditions are right. With an aggregated critic score of 92 points and average price of $82, this is a very well thought of sticky.
4. Gut Oggau Mechthild Weiss, Neusiedlersee Neusiedlersee is another stand-out region for Austria, bordering both Slovakia and Hungary, and Gut Oggau is an estate with a long history in the area – although with Stephanie and Eduard Tscheppe-Eselböck at the helm, the estate has evolved a more modern approach, implied by the artsy bottle labels. The Mechthild Weiss, presumably named after the sketched portrait of the lady on the bottle, has garnered strong reviews with an aggregated critic score of 89 points and at $79 it may be third most expensive but it's certainly not going to break the bank.