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Our older vintages

Langenloiser Käferberg

Grüner Veltliner

2012

Kamptal DAC Reserve, Erste Lage ÖTW

Lively and stimulating, bright flavours of yellow fruit like pears and peaches, very good grip, but elegant and noble as well, powerful and at the same time tightly structured, tobacco notes only in the finish, immensely expressive and long lasting, great aging potential.

The soil here differs from that of all other sites in the region. At the 300 metre level, preserved calcareous, clayey marine deposits are found. This soil is similar to that of the famous Château Petrus in Pomerol, and produces an extremely dense wine, although it is difficult to work with. The elevation contributes good acidity structure also in warm vintages and late harvests.

Grape variety
Grüner Veltliner
Harvest yield
2,500 l / ha
Vine training system
Guyot
Date of harvest
November 2012
Alcohol content
13.5%
Bottle closure type
Natural cork

Awards

92/100
Robert Parkers "The Wine Advocate", May 2014, review by David Schildknecht

Site and climate

Ried Langenloiser Käferberg

Size
30.4 ha
Elevation
310 – 345 m
Inclination
5 °
Orientation
SE

The vineyard Langenloiser Käferberg is a warm, sheltered site between 310 and 345 meters above sea level, with a southerly and southeasterly aspect. 

The 2012 vintage
After a cool winter we were happy to see an early sprouting, promising a long vegetation period and therefore good ripeness. Then many of us were shocked by the late spring frost. Fortunately we got away with minimal losses. Summer was warm and perhaps not as dry as the year before, accelerating ripeness and permitting an early start to the harvest. Weather in autumn was very favorable with warm and sunny days and cool nights that often seem responsible for a special aromatic expression in the grapes. Tiny amounts of rain were easily consumed by the otherwise dry soil and might have enhanced quality instead of putting a danger to the...

Maturation

This wine is usually fermented in used (2 - 3 years old) 300 liter Austrian oak barrels. For further maturation, it is racked into 2.500 l casks (also 2 - 3 years old).

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.