Grüner Veltliner Käferberg Magnum 2021
The Käferberg is one of the most significant crus in Kamptal. 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 are stacked on top of the rocks of the Bohemian geological formation. Our vines grow at around 340 m above sea level, on two terraces on the southeast flank of the site, where some loess has also been deposited over the past millennia. On this soil, the small grapes of these almost 85 years old vines reach exceptional density and concentration. The saline and mineral freshness form 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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Vinification
The grapes were selectively harvested by hand in mid-October. Destemmed, slightly crushed and macerated for several hours. Gently pressed with low pressure. Fermented and matured in 500 Liter oak barrels. 15 months on the lees. Bottled at high atmospheric pressure during the waxing moon in Mai 2023.
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!
Alcohol
13 % vol.
Ageing potential
Best to drink: 2026-2040
Serving temperature
Chilled, approx. 11°C