Grüner Veltliner Spiegel Beerenauslese
Pale yellow straw hue with green and gold reflections. Clean & youthful with still-restrained exotic fruit and spice notes. Complex on the palate. The high residual sweetness is perfectly balanced by crisp but elegant acidity; flowery (reminiscent of a meadow with a whiff of elderflower); also apple, pear, lime and some preserved stone fruit tones; a touch of vanilla and herbal spice. Very elegant with a long and minerally finish.
The vineyards occupy an elongate ridge in the south of Langenlois. The deep, calcareous soils here are derived from a thick underlying lyer of loess with a balanced mineral composition. The name of the vineyard “Spiegel“ (which translates as “mirror”) is said to derive from the Latin “spectaculum”(“view point”).
The height and exposure of the vineyard allow for perfect aeration and, with that, a later harvest with both physiological ripeness and freshness of clean fruit. It is very rare for noble rot to occur on the grapes.
- A LA CARTE FÜHRER 2017
- GAULT&MILLAU GUIDE 2017
Site and climate
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.
In 2013, Vincent made a first selection of only healthy grapes for his Vincent Spiegel dry Grüner. The remaining grapes, showing just the first signs of botrytis, were left hanging on the vines in the hope of acquiring more concentration by the precious fungus. These were harvested finally in December 2013 and were fermented partly in steel tank.
Food pairing recommendation
In its youth, it matches finely with fruity desserts or/and (fortune) cookies or can be enjoyed just after a meal as a refreshing finale. You can even keep the open bottle of this young dessert wine in the refrigerator for more than a week and it will even gain in complexity. Laying down a closed bottle in a good cellar can see this wine maturing even for decades. It certainly makes a fine gift for a knowledgeable wine loving friend.