Ried Rosengartel 1 ÖTW Wiener Gemischter Satz DAC

1902
Alcohol: 13,5 % Vol.
Acid: 5,2 g/l
Residual sugar: 1,5 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 Rosengartel 2017 come from the vineyard with the same name – a slice of a south-facing slope in the middle of the Nussberg. The soil consists of calcareous shell-limestone over limestone, and with a moderate clay content. The Rosengartel is historically the most precious in the Vienna region. The wines were amongst the most sought-after in the days of the Habsburg empire; also today, they are in high demand because of their complex characteristics and distinctive expression of Terroir.

Vineyard and cellar: 

This vineyard has been cultivated according to biodynamic guidelines since 2008 and was officially certified for the first time with the 2011 vintage. The Wiener Gemischter Satz DAC consists of 5 grape varieties: Grüner Veltliner (nearly 50 %), Weissburgunder, Neuburger, Traminer and Riesling, all of which had been picked by hand and, following a meticulous selection that removed any botrytis grapes, were processed together. The 4-hour maceration was followed by a gentle pressing with a pneumatic wine press. Fermentation took place in cool steel tanks. After a few months of maturing on the fine lees, the wine was bottled in July 2018.

Tasting notes: 

The nose exudes fine herbal-spicy scents underscored by a honey note and and orange. The palate is elegant and juicy - very complex with fine spiciness, well- integrated and racy acidity, and a discreet touch of lemon. Just when you think it’s going to slip away, the spicy finish bowls you over. Very good length and an ideal partner for many dishes.