Grüner Veltliner Käferberg Erste Lage
The Käferberg (beetle hill) vineyard is overlooking the wine town of Langenlois, and has been certified organic since 2009. The roots of the 50-year-old vines grow deep in a very rocky soil and bring a special saltiness in the wine. It is a very sunny vineyard, but very windy. The character of the wine is always a bit richer without being fat. This wine sees 2 days of maceration on the skins, followed by 2 months of slow spontaneous fermentation and 4 months of aging, with moderate battonage on the full lees. the vineyard occupies a warm, sheltered site between 300 and 345 meters above sea level, with a southernly and southeasterly aspect. The soils are variable, depending on the nature of the underlying bedrock: within a small area one can find crystalline rocks such as amphibolite, gneiss, and mica schist, alternating with much younger clay marl, sands, and rare gravels that were deposited in the ancient Paratethys sea 16 million years ago.