2016 Gruner Veltliner Renner
The most open, expressive and forthright of the higher tiers of the estate’s wines. Always impressive, always super fun to drink. For people who have never experience why Grüner is so darn good, this will blow their minds.
Terry Theise’s notes:
“The vineyard lies at the foot of the Gaisberg, on eroded gneiss with a lot of paragneiss, mica and amphibolite, all under a blanket of loess. Its wines are as good as the Lamm, which is a warmer site giving wines of greater amplitude and stature. Yet Renner’s quality of flavor and complexity of nuance are incomparable, and I often have it next to the Lamm just to make sure I’m not being diddled by my subjective preference for minerality.
“This ’16 smells glorious. Big surprise! It’s completely stunning, and it leads to a palate that’s fervidly spicy and texturally lush; the minerality is swollen and the wine is as peppery as I can remember.”