100% Grüner Veltliner from the Ried Gmirk Single Vineyard, Wagram, Austria. Sustainably farmed.
HISTORY: The Wagram. A 40km long and up to 30m high elevation between Krems and Tulln about 100km northwest of Vienna, which consists of gravel deposits, seashell remains, and fossils from the Urdonau (the archaic Danube River complex), thousands of years old. The storms of the Ice Age deposited loess on the southern slopes of these gravel mountains at the edge of the Wagram, which gives the landscape its character and fertility to this day.
Loess is a homogeneous, unstratified pale yellowish-gray sediment consisting mainly of silt (unconsolidated clastic sediments and fine soils of various origins) but granite formations are also occasionally found on the Wagram. In terms of soil and climate, the Wagram is a very homogeneous winemaking region with around 2,800 hectares of vineyards, that has enjoyed the status of a designated winemaking area in its own right since 2007.
ABOUT: In 1992, the internationally renowned winemaker Anton Bauer took over his parents' winery in the Wagram with just 3.2 hectares of vineyards. Today, this quality fanatic manages around 30 hectares of Feuersbrunn vineyards. His most important single-site vineyards are called Rosenberg, Spiegel, Kirchthal, and Gmirk. The Gmirk vineyard is situated 771 ft above sea level.
VINIFICATION: Grapes are sourced from vines grown in the Gmirk Vineyard, 771 ft. above Sea Level in predominantly yellowish-Loess soil. The Vineyard is flatter and receives less direct sunlight, so it is cooler climate than surrounding vineyards. Grapes are Hand-Harvested and undergo single berry selection to pick the optimal fruit for the wine. The wine is then fermented in 100% Stainless Steel tanks, after which it is aged on its lees in tank.
TASTING NOTES: Aromatic on the nose w/ a beautiful interplay between tropical notes, ripe Pear flesh, Toast and Nuttiness. The rounded palate sweeps these notions up in its rich, smooth texture but guides them with an unfailing edge of Zestiness and minerality. A lovely combination of emollient generosity and freshness with a dry, Salty finish, with White Pepper notes. Drink through 2023.
FOOD PAIRING: This wine is a lovely Aperitif, and also pairs perfectly with Vegetables/Vegetarian dishes, River Fish, Seafood – esp. Prawns and Sushi – Pork, Poultry and in particular with anything Fried – especially Wiener Schnitzel, Fried Chicken, etc. This wine also makes an excellent accompaniment to Salads, leafy Greens, Asparagus, and Vegan dishes such as Harissa-Roasted Broccoli.