2019 Ecker Grüner Veltliner 'Eckhof' 1 Liter
Oh, I am very excited about this wine…I know, I say that every month – and it’s true – but there’s something about having a delicious, gulpable white wine IN A LITER BOTTLE in our wine-drinking stash as we move into the warmer months that just makes me very happy. After all, what more could you ask for on a hot day than a BIG BOTTLE of thirst-quenching white wine that drinks like mountain spring water; one that you can enjoy on its own or have with the types of light fare that we typically eat when it’s hot outside?? Having a pool party or a picnic and want a wine to impress and refresh your guests? Here’s your wine. Enjoying a little prosciutto and melon? Here’s your wine. Snacking on a caprese salad and need something to pair with the mozzarella, ripe tomatoes and basil? Here’s your wine. Sushi? Here’s your wine. Okay, you get the picture. Sure, I could have picked a larger-production wine from a bigger producer. I could have picked a wine from the more recent 2020 vintage, but why? I prefer a wine with a bit more character and a touch more exclusivity. I like wines from top vintages that, even better, have a little bottle age on them to help them “resolve” a bit more. After all that, just look at the price here…Come on, baby, back up the truck for this one! - Mike Guerra, Enoteca Direct
The quintessential Summer sipper! This Austrian white grape variety produces a crisp and mineral-focused wine with hints of citrus, lemon peel, lychee, and a touch of spiciness that may remind you of white pepper. Its refreshingly crisp body works great on a warm Summer day, especially when you're outdoors.
Bernhard Ecker farms 20 hectares in the serene Wagram, which separates Vienna from the Kamptal and Kremstal. This region has incredibly deep, and mineral rich loess soils, deposited by a receding primordial ocean, millions of years ago. The name Wagram comes from “Wogenrain” meaning “shore”. These deep soils are perfectly suited to grüner veltliner, producing full bodied, rich and floral wines.
Bernhard took over winemaking in 1998, but the Ecker family has 400 years of history farming and raising animals in the area. Since 2004, Bernhard has been the chairman of the “Wagramer Selektion,” the second oldest winery association in Austria.
Ecker’s 30 individual plots lie in some of the best locations around Kirchberg am Wagram, including 50 + year old grüner veltliner in the erste lage Mordthal. Ecker is a specialist in roter veltliner as well, and has helped save the plantings of this ancient variety, which have dwindled to under 200 hectares. Interestingly, roter veltliner is not directly related to grüner veltliner, but is a parent variety to many other indigenous Austrian varieties, including neuberger and rotgipfler. It requires poor soils, due to its vigor, and Ecker’s vines are planted in the rocky, gravel rich Steinberg.
Care is taken in the vineyards by pruning to limit yields. After a slow, cold fermentation wines are aged in both stainless steel tanks and wood barrels. Resulting wines show an exceptional clarity and charm.