Grüner Veltliner Käferberg Erste Lage

2017

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. 

 

93 points
"Alwin Jurtschitsch's 2017 Grüner Veltliner Ried Käferberg 1ÖTW is deep, ripe and elegant on the intensely aromatic but mineral-fresh nose. Bottled with 12.5% alcohol, this is a full-bodied, elegant, stunningly pure, finessed, stimulatingly salty and fresh Käferberg with fine tannins and a mouthwatering, grippy finish. A classic from the famous loess vineyard."
Stephan Reinhardt,
Wine Advocate
, December 2018
93 points
"An ambitious grüner, this is oaky up front, before the fruit takes over. From vines more than 60 years old, the concentrated fruit was fermented with ambient yeasts and aged in foudres with the lees. That barrel time imbued the wine with a rich texture and some deep, smoky flavor, a contrast to the pithy citrus and white-pepper notes. It’s firm and spicy, needing time in the cellar to unpack."
Tara Thomas,
Wine & Spirits
, April 2020

SKU/Code: 
DB0703-17
Product Line: 
Wine
White
Varietal: 
Grüner Veltliner
Farming Type: 
Organic