Gruner Veltliner Pfarrweingarten 2015

SKU/Code: 
DB0867-15
Product Line: 
White
Varietal: 
Grüner Veltliner
Country: 
Austria
Region: 
Kremstal
Farming Type: 
Sustainable
Buchegger

Walter owns 2.5 hectares in the Erste Lagen Vordenberg; from this vineyard, he bottles three different cuvées, of which this is one. The vines average 50 years old and may be the best plants of whole winery. This site is traditionally one of the last to be harvested. The grapes in this vineyard at the eastern edge of the Kremstal ripen early, and the site is equally suited to Gruner Veltiner and to Riesling. 

Pfarr in German means priest, and this used to be a vineyard that was owned by the church; it was formerly known as "Ungut" (not good), because of the difficulty in cultivating the rocky soils. The vineyard faces southeast and is terraced at 220 meters above sea-level, and there is about 20 centimeters of loess on top of calcareous conglomerate from the Hollenburg-Karlstetten Formation. 

The fruit is fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks.

 

90 points
"While abundant vintage-typical melony and appley fruitiness is present, the finish displays a transparency to stony, peppery and pungently herbal nuances as well as an energy, mouthwatering salinity and sheer refreshment that set it clearly apart from the corresponding Gebling. Here is one of those instances where a 2015’s vivacity rises to the challenge of vintage-typical richness, and where the counterpoint of flavors is guaranteed to hold your interest. Nonetheless, I fancy this maturing relatively early by the standards of top Grüner Veltliner."
David Schildknecht,
Vinous
, February 2017