Hirsch Ried Zöbinger Heiligenstein 1 ÖTW Kamptal DAC Riesling
Heiligenstein is a terraced south and southwest facing slope with a unique geological history that has been preserved in this particular area. The outcropping bedrock consists of a reddish-brown sandstone with a high feldspar content, coarse conglomerates, and minor siltstone. These sediments formed approximately 250–280 million years ago under arid conditions, in lakes, ponds, and ephemeral rivers. The rocks contain fossilized plants and gravels with clasts of volcanic rhyolites. Loess is only preserved in a few locations, within shallow depressions.
Soil: Urgestein bedrock, Sandstone, Conglomerates, and Siltstone
Fermentation & Elevage: Harvest in end of October. Careful whole bunch pressing, fermentation 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 the end of April prior to bottling at the beginning of July and release in September 2017.
Farming: Certified Respekt Biodynamic
A gorgeously floral nose mingles gentian, iris, honeysuckle and chamomile with intriguingly, subtly reductive hints of snuffed candle wick that put one in mind of a Vouvray or Montlouis. There are also intimations of the mouthwatering marine salinity, crunchy apple and zesty lime piquancy that follow on a generously juicy albeit surprisingly spare, firm palate. The lingering, buoyant, brightly refreshing finish incorporates a collection of stony, alkaline, smoky and mouthwateringly saline nuances. “This has exactly 12% alcohol,” claimed Hirsch, “but we have to write ’12.5%’ on the label in order to qualify as a Kremstal DAC Erste Lage.” 92pts – David Schildknecht for Vinous