Riesling Ried Heiligenstein 2018
It is one of the most famed and best crus in Austria. The Heiligenstein vineyard is a unique geological formation within Europe; a geological island. The old vines grow on a complex sedimentary soil structure, on sandstone conglomerate with red arkoses and volcanic quartz porphyries. The narrow terraces yield a highly complex Riesling with strong personality.
[1.ÖTW = Classified Vineyard, Erste Lage (Premier Cru)] [Ried = Austrian Term for single vineyard, same meaning as “Lage”]
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Selective harvest by hand in early October. Destemmed and crushed. Short maceration. Gently pressed off with low pressure. Without sulphurisation of the juice. Fermented instainless-steel with cultured Kamptal yeast. Matured for several months on the lees. Bottled at high atmospheric pressure during the waxing moon in August 2019.
Wine description
Dark minerality and inviting scent of fruits in the nose, yuzu, juniper, some mirabelle, black tea, the unmistakable curry-scent lurks silently in the corner; wonderful structure on the palate, juicy center piece, kumquat, elegant fruit burst that gains tension with its well integrated acidity, in the background the notorious fine spice of Heiligenstein, deep and long echo.
13,0 % vol.
Ageing potential
10 years +
Serving temperature
Chilled, approx. 10°C