Bernhard Ott Gruner Veltliner Am Berg 2021, Wagram, Austria

Wagram (formerly Donauland) is a viticultural region on the banks of the Danube River in Niederosterreich, north-eastern Austria. The growing conditions are ideal for the country’s iconic Gruner Veltliner, which produces rich and full-bodied white wines with a characteristic creamy texture. The region stretches 30 miles (48km) from Krems in the west along to Klosterneuburg on the outskirts of Vienna. Vineyards on the northern side of the river lie on the flat Wagram plateau, and on the southern side of the river they can be found clustered around the hilly landscape of Klosterneuburg. Soils in Wagram are more or less uniform across the entire region, with a deep and dominant layer of loess – a point of pride for local vignerons. This loess has good water-storage capacities and there is little need for irrigation during the dry growing season. Tasting notes: This has a truly compelling aroma and a wonderful palate, meaty and roasty, salty and robust yet warming and sustaining; chewy but with its own rotund sort of polish.