Gruner Veltliner Kittmannsberg Erste Lage, L. Hiedler
Kittmannsberg is one of the highest elevated vineyard sites in the Kamptal, located just west of Langenlois. It is shaped like a wide bowl and opens towards the southeast into the Langenlois basin. It reaches about 345 m above sea level at its highest point, 280 m at its lowest point. The characteristic basin-shaped topographic depression is responsible for its autonomous microclimate and, together with the height enables long ripening periods under cool conditions. The soils consist of deep and loamy silt with a high content of clay.
The vines dig their roots into loess-loam with a high content of clay. It can be very chalky in some places.
The wines are typically compact with a ripe, yellow fruit character.
“It’s always been the blue-eyed child in a family of brown eyes, a kind of neo-classical structure with Delphic columns and strong muscular lines. And this 2017 may be the best vintage they’ve ever made. The finest dispersal of mineral, it’s less adamantly strong but still concentrated, yet the fruit is elegant and regal and the oleander, shellfish stock, meyer lemon notes are way savory, anchored with a vivid backdrop of rock-crush.” Terry Theise
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