Langenloiser Vincents Spiegel
Kamptal DAC, Erste Lage ÖTW
Initially reductive with a yeasty background, then followed with fruity fireworks led by Mirabelle plum and yellow peach. Concentrated and expressive with an exotic touch. Oak is quickly integrated. Powerful body, but finely chiseled and defined. Already quite open, exuding sweet fruit and all indications of a great Grüner Veltliner. Salty caramel notes linger on the long finish.
The name Spiegel likely comes from the Latin word Spectaculum, which means “lookout” or “viewing point”. The vineyard’s height, exposure and, as a result, good aeration, allow for the grapes to be harvested even in late October and early November with generous freshness, structure and density.
Vincent Bründlmayer acquired the Grüner Veltliner vineyard from his family in 2010, and in 2011 he produced his own first wine from that vineyard. Sustainable cultivation and strong yield reduction are conditions required for top wines from the old (rejuvenated) grapevines.
After pressing of the whole grape bunches, which were carefully picked and placed in light wooden boxes, most of the must was fermented in Manhartsberger oak, acacia and French barriques - and 30% was fermented in stainless steel. It then spent three months on the lees, with frequent stirring carried out to encourage contact with the young wine (Bâtonnage). Subsequently, the wine of the individual barrels were blended together in a large wooden barrel, where the wine matured until filling in the fall of the year following the harvest.
Food pairing recommendation
The Veltliner grapes for the "Kamptal DAC Reserve" style show such versatility, fitting to, for example, a range of exotic foods such as curries and wok dishes. Also ideal are typical Austrian specialties like roast pork, duck or liver, and baked dishes as well. As the wine matures, the range of possibilities grows generously. Cheese, casseroles and strong fish dishes are other fine matches.
The name of the vineyard „Spiegel“ (mirror) is said to derive from Latin “spectaculum” (“look-out”). In the ancient times of the “Limes”, the Romans probably used the spot to observe the Germanic tribes to the north of the Danube. However, still up to now most of the folks think that the name is linked to the convex vaulting of the 300 meter hill, a kind of “mirror” to the sky.
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