Exotic Spring Refreshment: 2012 Christ Gelber Muskateller

Posted by Joe Salamone

Exotic Spring Refreshment
2012 Christ Gelber Muskateller

Gelber Muskateller (Yellow Muscat) is a quirky Austrian spring obsession that's spread to this side of the Atlantic.

Every year it's the same story with Rainer Christ's Gelber Muskateller: we buy all that we can and then, it's gone by the end of the week.

A good Gelber smells like a flower garden gone wild - with an orchard and a babbling brook in the distance. If this sounds like spring, you're beginning to get the idea.

And, to be fair, Christ's is no ordinary Gelber - this is one of the absolute best. Rainer Christ is one of the greatest winemakers in Vienna and his Gelber Muskateller is our hands-down favorite.

What's on offer today is a fairly tiny, single parcel. When it's gone, that's it.

In the spring and summer, it's impossible to walk down the rambling streets of Vienna's first district without spotting armies of bottles of Gelber Muskateller on the tables. In Grinzing, the picturesque wine-suburb on the northern edge of the city, you can almost smell the wine, the perfumes filling the air as you walk down the street.

Gelber Muskateller is one of the most aromatic grape varieties out there. Imagine a light, vivacious, almost giddy white wine, chock-full of orange rind and grapefruit, a touch of ripe apricot and loads and loads of sage and elderflower.

While Italy's "Moscato" is the best known comparison, the signature Austrian Muskateller is not sparkling and it's totally dry. We think it's more complicated, a bit quirkier, and also more refreshing, more memorable.

Christ's Gelber Muskateller manages to contain all the kaleidoscopic complexity of a good Gelber, while remaining focused, balanced... crisp and refreshing. Of all the Gelbers we've tasted, only Nikolaihof's comes close to the freshness, the clarity of Christ's wine - and Niko's Gelber is $10+ more expensive.

Christ's Gelber Muskateller is one of our most popular offers. Sadly, it's always very limited and 2012 is no different. Please give us your ideal order and we'll try our best.

To order, please email us at offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

2012 Christ Gelber Muskateller

Christ Gelber is pre-arrival
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