Harvest from all around Grossriedenthal, the vines age around 25-40 years of age and are planted on 2.5ha of loess which is rich in fossils. The grapes are hand-harvested in the third week of October and then they're left in the small boxes for 6-9 hours so that natural crushing and fermentation begins, and then with total fermentation in stainless steel lasting 10 weeks. The wine spends its entire time on the lees until end of February with no stirring. The wine is then aged in stainless steel for 6 months and filtered.
Located in the Grossriedenthal area of the Wagram region, Josef Bauer, alongside his wife Eva Maria, comprise the extraordinary winemakers of Weingut Familie Bauer. The Bauers believe in creating wines of the best quality by being conscientious of the environment by employing green covering of existing flora that cultivates the natural diversity of landscape and hence reflects the terroir found in their wines. In their modern cellar they craft crisp, clean wines from their 17 hectares of vines, including Grüner Veltliner and Roter Veltliner, the stars of this vineyard, as well as Spätburgunder, Zweigelt, Merlot, Blauburger and Riesling, among others.
100% Roter Veltliner
Roter Veltliner is a pink-skinned grape variety, formerly widespread in Austria and even planted in California at one point in time for the making of powerful white wines. In warm years, if yields are restricted, it can make intensely aromatic, concentrated wines with high extract, especially in the Wagram district on Donauland. A small amount is grown in the Savoie region where the wines are labelled Malvoisie.
Wagram is a 6,900 acre wine region of Austria comprising just over 5% of the nation's vineyards on the left bank of the Danube between Kremstal and Vienna. Wagram derives it's name from the wall-like embankment of Loess that dominates this section of the Danube and it's viticulture. Silt/Loess Soil produces smooth and round wines with less acidity. These fine-grained soils retain water and heat. While this type can be too fertile, one good variety is loess, a type of wind-blown silt comprised mainly of silica. Gruner Veltliner accounts for roughly half of all vines in this region, yet Roter Veltliner and Gemischter Saz vineyards, which now make up about 3% and 5% respectively, were dominant in large swaths of Wagram until the late 20th century.
Tasting: Bright, mineral, green apple, flowers
Recommended pairings: Spinach salad, oysters, mushroom pasta with goat cheese sauce