Langenloiser Vincents Spiegel
Kamptal DAC, Erste Lage ÖTW
Brilliant right from the beginning: fine floral fragrance combined with ripe aromas of nectarine & yellow peach; asparagus-like spice also plays into the great complexity. Powerful & concentrated, the bright fruit nuances return redoubled, characterised by elegance & cool freshness, gets right down to work on the palate, good persistent length & cellaring potential.
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.
- ROBERT PARKER, THE WINE ADVOCATE 03/20
- FALSTAFF MAGAZIN DEZ-FEB. 2020
- Falstaff Wein Guide 2019/20
- Vinum Magazin Schweiz, 11/19
- A la Carte Grand Cru Verkostung, Juli 2019
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.
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.