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Ried Spiegel (Langenlois) Vincent

Grüner Veltliner

2021

Kamptal DAC, Erste Lage ÖTW

A noble, complex, tight bouquet, starting with a hint of tobacco spice, then, still laying in wait, bright fruity partly exotic aromas, fragrant blossom honey and yellow plum with a touch of quince jelly, papaya and pepper that tickles the nose. Bundled and multi-faceted, powerful, creamy and yet marked by cool elegance and balance, a vibrant acidity and extract sweetness. Possesses all the prerequisites for an icon Grüner Veltliner from a first class Kamptal loess vineyard.

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.

Grape variety
Grüner Veltliner
Harvest yield
2,500 l / ha
Vine training system
Guyot
Date of harvest
October 29, 2021
Alcohol content
13.5%
Bottle closure type
Natural cork

Awards

97 P.
“Leuchtendes Goldgelb, Silberreflexe. Feine Tropenfrucht, zart nach Wiesenkräutern, etwas Blütenhonig, Melone und Clementinen klingen an, mit feiner Würze unterlegt. Saftig, gute Komplexität, salzig, extraktsüß nach Mango, facettenreiche Säurestruktur, bleibt gut haften, vielschichtiger Speisenbegleiter, sicheres Reifepotenzial." - Peter Moser”
FALSTAFF WINE GUIDE | Tasting 07/2023

Site and climate

Ried Spiegel (Langenlois)

Size
103 ha
Elevation
260 – 270 m
Inclination
1 °
Orientation
ESE

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.

The 2021 vintage
To think that the year started modestly enough: the weather was rather cool and moody. With the exception of some almost summerly warm days over Easter these conditions lasted far into May, delaying sprouting while also contributing to the fact that the Kamptal did not suffer serious late frost damages. There was not an abundance of rain at first, however, until Pentecost there was enough to secure a constant water supply to the vines. Consequently we saw a late but beautiful and short flowering. And we were very lucky to have been largely spared the hail storms that hit Austria. Only by mid-September, just before another delayed start...

Maturation

After whole cluster pressing, the must fermented on the full lees in one new Austrian (2500l) and two French (300l) oak barrels, followed by only little stirring until Christmas and then left in peace until racking into steel tank in July 2022. It remained there on the fine lees until filling in spring 2023.

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.

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