Grüner Veltliner Preussen 2015

Alcohol: 13,5 % Vol.
Acid: 5,7 g/l
Residual sugar: 2,4 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 grapes for the Grüner Veltliner Preussen came from the vineyard with the same name and that lies in the center of the Nußberg. This vineyard is more than 40 years old and, until I took it over in 2005, had been cultivated for a long time by Mayer am Pfarrplatz. In 2008, I began to implement biodynamic standards in the vineyard, and in 2011, it was officially certified. The soil here is extremely calcareous, with weathered limestone and sandstone. On the upper part of the vineyard, the rock extends to the surface.

Vineyards and cellar:
The grapes were picked meticulously by hand during the last days of October. Any botrytised grapes were immediately removed, then the healthy grapes were gently de-stemmed. After being macerated at cool temperatures for around 5 hours, the grapes were carefully pressed in a pneumatic press. Complete spontaneous fermentation with natural yeasts took place in steel tanks. After some months of maturing on the fine lees, the wine was bottled in April.

Tasting notes:
The nose yields spicy notes with smoky and herbal undertones, and scents of yellow greengage plum and quince. The palate is balanced with a fine acidity structure, a delicate touch of lemon and shows lovely mineral-laden length. Very good ageing potential. A delicious food companion with substance and body. Ideal with Viennese cuisine.