Weingut Felsner Grüner Veltliner “Alte Reben”
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Rohrendorfer Leithen is one of the very best vineyard sites in Rohrendorf, an early-ripening south facing terrace. A conglomerate bed rock with a 1meter top layer of loess.
- On these 3 steep terraces are our oldest vines, about 60 years of age. Just a few loose clusters of grapes are nourished generously by a widely-spread and deep root system. A conglomerate bed rock with a 1meter top layer of loess.
Varietal Composition: Grüner Veltliner 100%
Elaboration: Grapes were hand-picked and selected. They were put in a pneumatic press where the juice was gently extracted from the grapes. Stainless steel aging.
Tasting Notes: In the nose a boost of yellow fruits and green apples. On the palate it is multylayered and intense. A synergy between green fruits and tropical fruits and a good balance of richness and elegance. Showing underlying minerality and just a hint of acidity on the palate. Old vine intensity and extract, dense and complex, with a vivid and long finish.
Manfred Felsner cultivates 15 hectares of vineyards from some of the Kremstal wine region’s most expressive sites, all surrounding the picturesque villages of Rohrendorf and Gedersdorf.
Unusually old vineyard stock is what sets Felsner apart from their creative/indie Austrian peers – More than half of Felsner’s Gruner Veltliner parcels are classified as “old vine,” and most of these root 30+ feet deep, adding an extract and substance to finished wine that has to be experienced to be believed.
White wine vinification is undertaken using a minimalist philosophy with no more than 1.5 bar pressure (about as much as a good handshake), and red wines are fermented very traditionally in the family’s 450 year old gravity-flow cellar, mostly aging in large format Austrian casks.