2016 Weingut Ingrid Groiss, Gemischter Satz, Braitenpuechtorff, Weinviertel Austria.
Ingrid Groiss’ signature white field blend, her Gemischter Satz, is made from 17 co-picked and fermented varietals that include Chardonnay, Frühroter Veltliner, Grauburgunder, Grauer Vöslauer, Grüner Veltliner, Hietl Rote, Müller Thurgau, Neuberger, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Roter Veltliner, Rotgipfler, Sämling, Silberweisse, Welchriesling, Wiesse Vöslauer and Zierfandler! This 2016 is pretty and lacy white wine with a sense of energy and lightness, but still has intriguing complexity and a subtle opulence, showing the talents of Groiss, who has established herself as one of Austria’s stars. North of Vienna, Weinviertel is a historic region that is really making a modern comeback, as this old school style of wine, the Gemischter Satz, a co-picked, co-fermented single vineyard field blend that usually presents it’s self crisply dry with delicate floral tones. This vintage delivers brisk details with mixed citrus, melon, white peach and earthy quince fruits along with spices, chalk dust, minty herbs, lime blossom and wet river rock, highlighting the heady mix of grapes found in this thrilling wine. Getting this wine right, which is no easy task, Groiss proves her quality and with air you can see revealing elements of almost each varietal, this is such joyous quaffable stuff, a wonderful Summery white that is easy to enjoy as a light fare (cuisine) companion, it’s clear and vibrant nature makes it great with oysters and or picnic snacks.
($26-28 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive

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