Grüner Veltliner Nußberg 2015

Alcohol: 13,5 % Vol.
Acid: 5,2 g/l
Residual sugar: 1,1 g/l

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.

The soil consists mostly of chalk-rich shell limestone; the vineyards, facing south and southeast, look to the Danube. Wines from these sites, as Grüner Veltliner Nussberg, are mineral and are characterized more by depth and spiciness than by primary fruit. The Danube’s influence is quite strong, as on one side, it reflection of the sun can be intensive, while on the other side, its surface helps soften the variations of temperature. The result can be long, warm days, especially in the autumn. A continuous light wind from the west dries out the moisture brought by the humid nights – which is why botrytis is nearly non-existent here. This combination of factors makes it possible for the grapes to be harvested late, with complete ripeness.

Vinyard and Cellar:
The grapes were picked by hand in October. Before pressing, the crashed grapes had been left on the skin for few hours to obtain more complexity to the wine. The fermentation took place in stainless steel tank to keep hold the fruitiness and aromas of the grape. The wine stayed on the fine lees until bottling in March 2016. 

Tasting notes:
Ripe exotic fruits and a hint of citrus zest are joined by delicate mineral notes in the nose. Juicy in the mouth with a crispy and refreshing acidity. Light-footed and playful style with intense minerals and elegant peppered apricot fruit on the finish. This wine reflects perfectly the terroir of the Nussberg.