Riesling Steinmassel Auslese
Hints of laurel, elderberry- lemon-blossom, first silky, then super fresh firm and spicy; hints of peach, fresh apricot, honey and elderberry flowers, some dry fruit and hay, subtle and many-layered and showing an intriguing “Fruchtspiel” between sweetness and acidity, it tastes “Riesling” and somehow the Steinmassel soil, the part of very clean botrytis does not cover the varietal character and terroir totally, a sense of pace and time is kept in the very young wine. Great protential.
The vines are partially trained in the Lyre-system. The vine bifurcates in a way that the branches seem to reach to the heavens like sun-worshippers. This method doubles canopy exposure and favors aeration which improves photosynthesis and prevents dreaded fungus diseases.
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- Gault&Millau Wein Guide 2015
- Falstaff Wein Guide 2014/2015
Site and climate
Ried Langenloiser Steinmassl
The vineyards of Langenloiser Steinmassl are located on a ridge that ranges from 340 meters above sea level in the south-southeast to 240 meters in the north-northwest, with a broad shoulder extending out towards the southwest.
In 2013 we had left a small quantity of partly shrivelled Riesling grapes on the vines until end of November. Each grape was then selectively picked before being pressed very long and gently. The must was given about 12 hours for sedimentation then wracked, gently filtered and fermented and matured in steel tank for some months before filling summer.
Food pairing recommendation
A dessert wine of course but very fresh and elegant, the more it ripens it will harmonize with classic starters such as braised goose or duck liver, fresh goat cheeses, and all sorts of fruit-cakes, -tartes or -dumplings.