Grüner Veltliner Ried Käferberg 2020
The Käferberg is certainly one of the best crus that the Kamptal has to offer for Veltliner and Burgundian varieties. Within a small area one can find crystalline rocks alternating with with clayey sea sediments (clay marl) and rare gravels that were deposited in the ancient Paratethys sea millions of years ago and lie directly on the rock of the Bohemian geological formation. Our vines grow at around 345 m above sea level, on two terraces on the south-east flank of the site, where some loess has also been deposited over the past millennia. All of this results in a wine with exceptional density and concentration, whose salty freshness forms an exciting contrast.
[1.ÖTW = Classified Vineyard, Erste Lage (Premier Cru)] [Ried = Austrian Term for single vineyard, same meaning as “Lage”]
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The grapes were selectively harvested by hand in mid-October and slightly crushed. After some hours of maceration they were gently pressed off with low pressure. Fermented in small oak barrels with some spontaneous malolactic fermentation. Matured for 16 months in barrel on the lees. Bottled unfiltered at high atmospheric pressure during the waxing moon in April 2022.
Wine description
Expressive and deep nose that spans a wide arc: ranges from black bread and roasted walnuts to cherry plums, plus quinces and Williams pears, thyme is also involved; dense and aromatic on the palate, rich in extract but never opulent, packed with yellow fruits, loquat, some barrel spice, Burgundian vibe, everything backed by salty notes, of dancing elegance, super-long finish!
13 % vol.
Ageing potential
Best to drink: 2025-2040
Serving temperature
Chilled, approx. 11°C