Ried Ulm 1ÖTW Wiener Gemischter Satz DAC

1901
Alcohol: 14,0 % Vol.
Acid: 6,3 g/l
Residual sugar: 1,0 g/l

Vintage: 

An average winter was followed by a very mild March, which led to a dangerously early sprouting. However, the April was below average cool, so the expulsion was very slow, unfortunately again with slight frost damage in the sensitive varieties Chardonnay and Zweigelt. But significant less than in the frosty year 2016. In this year we first start to burn straw bales in the vineyards to protect the vines. The damage could so keep low. May and also June showed early summer friendliness and ensured a trouble free flowering in the first half of June. The precipitation was rare and little extensive and so we came in a rather hot summer with little rain. Annual Rainfalls saved the vines through the summer, which goes down in history as the third hottest since records began. An early start of harvest in the first days of September was necessary to preserve the acidity and freshness oft he wines, because this seemed particularly important to us. September, however, was unusually cold with some heavy rainfall, which fortunately had a very positive effect on the vines, as well as on the quality oft he grapes. The harvest ended in mid-October with a very high quality both in white wine, as well the red wines, lighter wines and the full-bodied single vineyard vines. The vintage 2017 shines with intense fruit, ripe acidity and shows up due tot he earlier harvest not as lush as expected, but very elegant with a lot of drinking.

Soil: 

The grapes for the Wiener Gemischter Satz DAC Ried Ulm – Nussberg 2017 were grown in the Ulm vineyard, which lies on a very steep southern slope on the eastern part of the Nussberg, directly next to the Danube river. The soil consists of extremely calcareous shell-limestone, with limestone and a relatively small amount of clay underneath. Especially this part of the Nussberg is considered to be a remnant of a coral reef from the Tertiary period. Even today, masses of fossilized shells and snails in the white stones can be found.

Vineyard and Cellar: 

Since 2008, this vineyard has been cultivated according to biodynamic guidelines, with the final conversion taking place with the 2011 harvest. This Wiener Gemischter Satz consists of 9 grape varieties - Weissburgunder, Neuburger, Welschriesling, Grüner Veltliner, Sylvaner, Zierfandler, Rotgipfler, Traminer and Riesling - which were picked by hand and processed together following the careful elimination of any botrytised grapes. Gentle pressing with a pneumatic winepress followed a 4-hour maceration period. Fermentation took place to about 75% in cooled steel tanks and another 25% in large old oak barrels. After maturing the wine for 10 months on the fine lees, the different tanks and barrels were put together and the wine was bottled in September 2017.

Tasting Notes: 

This unique wine has a very complex nose of fresh nuts, candied citrus and roses! Seriously elegant on the palate, in spite of the intense salty and chalky minerality that builds in an extraordinary way on the enormous, long finish. From biodynamically grown grapes