Hirsch Ried Kammern Gaisberg 1 ÖTW Kamptal DAC Grüner Veltliner
- Grape: Grüner Veltliner
- Vineyard: Kammern Gaisberg
- Soil: calcareous chernozem soils with fragments of crystalline rocks, gneiss, loess
- Production: Whole bunch pressing, natural fermentation in stainless steel and large oak barrels, extended lees aging before bottling
- Farming: Respekt Certified Biodynamic
The slopes of this wine-growing area vineyard extend eastwards from the Heiligenstein mountain; they have a clear southerly aspect and an average gradient of about 11%. The low-lying areas have highly calcareous chernozem soils with fragments of crystalline rocks, derived from the underlying loess which in turn overlies gravel beds. The upper parts of the slopes consist predominantly of gneiss with amphibolite lenses, and occasional remnants of loess. The overlying soil is calcareous brown earth with varying proportions of coarse material. Where the brown earth rests directly on gneiss it is generally non-calcareous but it may be calcareous where it has developed on amphibolite.
Harvest end of September / beginning of October. Whole bunch pressing, fermen- tation without temperature control and using only natural yeasts with maturation occurring in both stainless steel tanks and large oak barrels. The wine rested on the lees until middle of June prior to bottling at the beginning of August and release in September 2018.
Press & Reviews
Despite vigorous swirling, the wine wants to give little away on the nose. The palate, however, reveals secrets of fine, smooth yeastiness that has salty folds of crushed herb savoriness. A fine citrus freshness not only adds zing but also a welcome, textured pithiness. This is a lovely, elegant wine that needs to evolve a little more. Drink 2022–2032.
This comes very close to realizing my dream of gruner veltliner! An entire microcosm of herbal, peppery and sweet vegetal (think snow peas) aromas, then a stunning mouth feel on the concentrated palate that’s at once creamy yet invigorating with a ton of mineral freshness pushing the finish out in the direction of infinity. And only 13% alcohol. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold. Screw cap.