Grüner Veltliner Herrenholz 2015

987
Alcohol: 12,5 % Vol.
Acid: 5,1 g/l
Residual sugar: 1,3 g/l

Vintage:

After a mild winter there was a cold first spring period, followed by a warm May that brought us into an early floweing by beginning of June. The weather was changing a lot in those days from very hot to cold but the flowering passed by nicely and the grapes were growing fast in early summer. The summer itself was interspersed with extrem hot periods of always a few days with something between 35 and 40 degrees. Later there where periods with some rain getting more by the end of summer and even when it was very hot during the daytime, the nighttime was cold. The harvest starts in this year as early like never before: The beginn from the harvest was the 1. September and finished with the 13th of October before we had a lot of rain after the 13th of October. The wines 2015 present themselve very fresh and lively, very charming and absolutely not like a hot vintage.

Soil:

The Herrenholz vineyard – named after a small wood on Vienna’s Bisamberg – has soil with a considerably high sand content, which influences relatively low grape yields. Of course, there also is a high chalk content, and that nurtures soft, yet complex multi-layered wines. The vines were planted in the 1960s.

Vineyards and Cellar:

The grapes reflect the conversion to bio-dynamic farming; this vineyard has reacted extremely well to the new cultivation methods.  Following rigorous hand picking, then another selection via a newly installed, fully automatic grape sorter, and then a short maceration time – the grapes for the Grüner Veltliner Herrenholz were carefully pressed. The filtered must underwent cool fermentation and maturation in steel tanks; this allowed the fruity, racy character to be emphasized. After maturing on the fine lees for as long as possible, the wine was finished and bottled.

Tasting notes:

The wine clearly reflects the vintage, showing a powerful character with a well-woven Veltliner nose - so aromatic and fresh - and a palate that exudes elegance, approachability and a vibrant acidity structure. This Grüner Veltliner is already very pleasing as a young wine with a fresh and spicy style. It makes an ideal partner for classic Austrian