Wiener Gemischter Satz DAC

1907
Alcohol: 12,5 % Vol.
Acid: 5,7 g/l
Residual sugar: 1,0 g/l

Vintage: 

After a long and very cold winter, especially in the finals, an extreme rise in temperature followed within a short time with very fast budding of the vines and unusually high spring temperatures up to 30 degrees. This was followed by one of the earliest vine blossoms of all times, which in some vineyards was completed by the end of May. Extensive rainfall in June brought the vineyards well supplied into a hot and increasingly dry summer. Already towards the end of July the first berries became soft and the discoloration of the red varieties began, an unmistakable sign that we had to expect a particularly early harvest. In fact, this started unusually early. The first grapes for the base wines were harvested on August 20th, but also Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs for the prestigious select and Grand Select were soon to be harvested. The decisions about the time of harvest were certainly very important in this vintage and from vineyard to vineyard very individual.  Also our excellent equipment with cooling technology in the entire winery area was essential for the 2018 harvest. The vintage 2018 is characterized by very fine, well-balanced and juicy-drinking white wines and particularly well-structured deep-dark, spicy-fruity red wines, in all cases with very high storage potential. Exceptional maturity and flawless health of the grapes speak for an above-average vintage.

Soil: 

The grapes for the Wiener Gemischter Satz DAC 2018 come from the Bisamberg and Nussberg vineyard sites. The Bisamberg consists of light, sandy loess over massive chunks of limestone; the Nussberg is comprised of limestone along with weathered shell limestone and a generous clay content.

Vineyard and Cellar: 

All of the grapes - grown in bio-certified vineyards – are comprised of at least three different varieties that have been harvested together. After meticulous grape selection via hand-picking the individual batches of grapes for the Wiener Gemischter Satz DAC were macerated for three hours before being carefully pressed. The pre-clarified must underwent cool fermentation and maturation in steel tanks in order to accentuate the racy, fruity character as much as possible. Following a moderate amount of time on the fine lees, the individual batches were blended together and bottled. Since 2013, the Wiener Gemischter Satz has been ennobled with “DAC”, the strictly controlled designation of origin for Viennese wine.

Tasting Notes:

This fragrant and fresh wine shows plenty of complexity. The nose is rich of apple, sweet pea and rose petal. The texture is rather spare, but the buoyant finish is delightfully refreshing and at least fleetingly fascinating. Even as a young wine, the Wiener Gemischter Satz DAC delivers pure pleasure with its spicy, fresh character and makes an ideal companion for classic Austrian cuisine.