Draw-you-in aromas, like the famous salad-of-seventeen-leaves, herbs and flowers they serve in the restaurant. All of them
perfect. The palate here emphasizes the mustards, with the ’14 snap and bounce and spice; a lacy wine like the veins and
tracings on the bottom of a leaf.
– Terry Theise
Nikolaihof is one of the oldest wine estates in Austria, whose history goes back almost 2000 years to the Roman empire. Originally chosen by the Romans because it was considered a Celtic holy site prior to 800 B.C., the foundations of the current house date to a Roman tower which existed as early as 63 B.C. Wine has been produced here since the time of the Celts and continued throughout the time of the Romans. Germanic monks obtained the estate during the collapse of Rome, and the first written evidence of winemaking comes from 470 A.D. This writing documented the monk’s ownership of the vineyard ‘Im Weingebirge’, the earliest named vineyard site in all of Europe.
"The 2014 Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Im Weingebirge opens with bright and delicate white fruit, and some flinty and herbal aromas on the nose; it is clearly terroir-driven. Medium-bodied, dry and with a very elegant fruit on the palate, this is a salty and persistent wine in a leaner, more mineral style. A very authentic and finely racy Federspiel style with a stimulating purity, salinity, freshness and mineral tension."
-Wine Advocate: 89+ (Stephan Reinhardt)