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Weingut Bründlmayer "Ried Steinmassl" Grüner Veltliner, Erste Lage '21
Weingut Bründlmayer is in Langenlois, some 70 kilometers northwest of Vienna, upstream along the Danube in the Lower Austrian Kamp Valley. The wooded hills of the Waldviertel protect the vineyards from the cold northwesterly winds. During the day, the sun warms the stony terraces, while at night the forest air drifts through the Kamp Valley into the Langenloiser Arena. Willi Bründlmayer farms 90 hectares of various grape varieties in grand cru vineyards around the village of Langenlois, and Andreas Wickhoff MW has worked alongside him since 2016. This area, in the heart of the Kamptal, is home to some of the most geologically diverse terroirs in Europe. Each of these rocky, terraced vineyards creates its own microclimate.
Willi has converted some of his vineyards (17 hectares in total) to the Lyre training system, which he helped develop. Vines are trained low to the ground, to benefit from the warmth of the primary rock soils, then the canes are trained at an angle upward and perpendicular to the row, which doubles the sunlit and aired foliage surface and improves grape ripeness. The well-aired leaves also dry faster, thus reducing the risk of dreaded grape mildew. As of 2019, Bründlmayer is certified organic by LACON, an outside, objective, certifying body.
The vines on the Steinmassl are based on Gföhler gneiss. This classic primary rock soil (mica slate) of the southern Waldviertel is typical for many terraced areas in the Kamptal, Kremstal and Wachau.
After a gentle pressing of up to eight hours, the must ferments in stainless steel and undergoes extended contact on its fine lees before bottling.
"From a south-southeast-facing cru on Gföhler gneiss soils and ranging from 240 to 340 meters in altitude, the 2021 Riesling Ried Steinmassl 1ÖTW was picked on October 18 and 19, then macerated and fermented in stainless steel tanks. The wine shows a clear and intense, pure and elegant nose with ripe and elegant fruit aromas intertwined with spicy and saline notes. Crystalline and savory on the palate, this is a medium-bodied yet supple and tightly structured Steinmassl with clear, defined fruit and fine tannins intermingled with the saline acidity. Very long and complex finish. It's still on its way but very promising. 12.5% stated alcohol. Natural cork. Tasted in October 2022. 93+ Points, The Wine Advocate."
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