The tiny Steiner Hund (dog) vineyard is one of Austria’s top Riesling sites. Legend has it that this vineyard, once owned by a wealthy winemaker, was exchanged for a local farmer’s dog when the region was plagued by famine. Today, some of the top producers in Kremstal and Wachau own vines here. This south-facing site is comprised of conglomerate rock with a thin topsoil of loess and loam. The Steiner Hund produces Rieslings of enormous complexity, depth and elegance. A kaleidoscope of flavours emerge from an intensely mineral, structured core. Deeply concentrated yet pulsating with life, it is clear to see why the Steiner Hund is considered the holy grail of Riesling plots.
The grapes were hand harvested, meticulously sorted, with 10% of the fruit manually destemmed. The grapes are then macerated on the skins for up to 48 hours before beginning their spontaneous fermentation in steel tanks. The wine is aged on the lees right up to the point of bottling to promote textural complexity and prevent oxidation.