Riesling Ried Steinhaus 2020
Steinhaus, literally Stonehouse, is the steepest vineyard in Langenlois. It probably takes its name from the ancient stone shelters, whose remains can be found scattered in the vineyards. The barren slope is characterized by small terraces, which were partly carved into the crystalline rock centuries ago. The vines have to dig deep to find access to water. They grow on a rocky soil formed of gneiss and amphibolite, traversed by quartz. The location produces a unique, elegantly fruity type of Riesling that expresses a very cool and saline minerality.
[1.ÖTW = Classified Vineyard, Erste Lage] [Ried = Austrian Term for single vineyard, same meaning as “Lage”]
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Vinification
The grapes were selectively harvested by hand at the end of October and slightly crushed. After some hours of maceration they were gently pressed off with low pressure. Fermented in stainless-steel and matured for several months on the lees. Bottled at high atmospheric pressure during the waxing moon in August 2021.
Wine description
Limes and fresh pineapple in the nose, also white tropical fruit, the scent is slightly smoky and mineral driven; fine and nuanced palate, again pineapple, some lemongrass and mint, crystalline and juicy texture. Fantastic food companion!
Alcohol
12,5 % vol
Ageing potential
Optimum drinking age: 2022-2036
Serving temperature
Chilled, approx 10°C