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Riesling "Steiner Hund" 2014

Riesling "Steiner Hund" 2014

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Riesling "Steiner Hund" 2014

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.

Riesling "Gaisberg" 2014

Riesling "Gaisberg" 2014

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Riesling "Gaisberg" 2014

The south east facing Gaisberg vineyard is comprised of twelve terraces surrounded with trees and bushes forming a series of ‘clos’ - walled vineyards within a larger vineyard. This site is situated very close to the Danube, with the vines being exposed to more sunlight as a result. The primary gneiss and mica-schist rock along with the exposure of this vineyard yield powerful wines with a mineral backbone, and exotic floral notes. The vines here are around 60 years old, giving the wine both intensity and balance.

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.

Riesling "Steiner Schreck" 2014

Riesling "Steiner Schreck" 2014

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Riesling "Steiner Schreck" 2014

This single vineyard Riesling comes from the south facing Schreck vineyard - the steepest vineyard in the Krems valley. This densely populated vineyard used to attract grape thieves, and eventually a guard was installed to scare people away, and so it the vineyard became known by the name ‘Schreck’ (fright). This historic vineyard has naturally low yields and the fruit has to be harvested by hand. The slate soils are perfect for the gradual ripening of Riesling, and yield a Mosel like style of Riesling - taught and linear. The wine is brimming with aromatic stone fruits and delicate herbal and floral notes. Complex and elegant.

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.