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Punkt Genau (on the dot)

A Perfect Austrian Sparkler.

Punkt Genau (on the dot) is a dry Sparkling White Wine from Austria. On the label you will see it labeled Trocken/Dry/Brut. This wine is made from Gruner Veltliner grapes, from the heart of the Veinviertel, 11% alcohol. Grüner Veltliner is Austria’s most important white grape variety, accounting for around one third of all white grapes planted.

I was shopping for a sparkling wine at the local grocer and this bottle caught my eye (I'm always shopping for a good sparkling wine). I was drawn to the orange label and the interesting shape of the bottle. Looking at this photo, you may notice the screw cap, it has to be the smallest screw cap I've seen on a bottle of wine. I think the long neck makes this bottle look cool.

This is only the second bottle of Gruner Veltliner I've enjoyed. My first Gruner Veltliner was a bottle of B.C. wine I bought in Canada last year. This is my first sparkling Gruner Veltliner - and a  great example I might add. According to their website, "7 hectares of Grüner Veltliner vines stretch out along the border to the Manhartsberg. This location fulfils all conditions necessary for the production of wine with a terroir that is typical of the region. At the moment, we manage around 62 hectares of vineyard including these 7 hectares of Grüner Veltliner around “Schloss Maissau”, 6 hectares in Straning/Limberg for Stift Altenburg Abbey and around 49 hectares near Röschitz."

Opening the wine and pouring it into a flute, the color of this wine was pale, reminiscent of ginger ale. On the nose I smelled honey, spice, orange blossom, and some toast. Lovely.

In the mouth - flavors of peach skin and unripe nectarine, smooth with soft bubbles. Most of the flavor was noticeable on the sides of my mouth and the back end of my tongue. It tasted off dry to me and was very ejoyable. This bottle emptied fast. Recommended.

Put the Punkt Genau on your list for your next celebration or just because you want to enjoy a good sparkling wine. Produced and bottled by Weingut Ewald Gruber, Roschitz, Austria. I found it locally for about $19.

Product sheet here.



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